NREL's hydrogen systems analysis activities provide direction, insight, and support for the development, demonstration, and deployment of a broad range of hydrogen technologies. Analysis focuses on hydrogen production, storage, and delivery systems for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as well as stationary fuel cells and emerging-market applications such as material handling and backup power.
NREL's hydrogen systems analysts evaluate R&D goals and perform resource assessments, techno-economic comparisons, market-potential projections, and financial modeling of stakeholder decisions and investment risks. Analysts also develop least-cost scenarios for hydrogen infrastructure rollout in support of the large-scale deployment of FCEVs.
NREL hosts stakeholder workshops to increase coordination among decision makers, raise awareness, develop strategic thinking, and provide input to improve analysis modeling activities.
To learn more about hydrogen systems analysis, visit Energy Analysis and Tools.
The following technical papers, journal articles, presentations, workshop proceedings, and webinar recordings provide more information about NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell system analysis activities and findings.
Hydrogen Dispensing Infrastructure Analysis for the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative. Michael Penev, Marc Melaina, and Aaron Brooker. (forthcoming)
SERA Scenarios of Early Market Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Introductions: Modeling Framework, Regional Markets, and Station Clustering. Brian Bush, William Daniel, Marc Melaina, and Michael Penev. (forthcoming)
Overcoming the Range Limitation of Medium-Duty Battery Electric Vehicles through the Use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells. Eric Wood, Lijuan Wang, Jeffrey Gonder, and Michael Ulsh. (September 2013)
Hydrogen Station Cost Estimates: Comparing Hydrogen Station Cost Calculator Results with other Recent Estimates. Marc Melaina and Michael Penev. (September 2013)
Resource Assessment for Hydrogen Production: Hydrogen Production Potential from Fossil and Renewable Energy Resources. Marc Melaina, Michael Penev, and Donna Heimiller. (September 2013)
DOE Analysis Related to H2USA. Webinar Recording. (July 2013)
Cost Comparison of Wind Energy Delivered as Electricity or Hydrogen for Vehicles. Marc Melaina and Genevieve Saur. (April 2013)
Blending Hydrogen into Natural Gas Pipeline Networks: A Review of Key Issues. Marc Melaina, Olga Antonia, and Michael Penev. (March 2013)
Consumer Convenience and the Availability of Retail Stations as a Market Barrier for Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Preprint. Marc Melaina, Joel Bremson, and Kirk Solo. (November 2012)
Wind to Hydrogen in California: Case Study. Olga Antonia and Genevieve Saur. (August 2012)
Infrastructure Analysis Tools: A Focus on Cash Flow Analysis. Marc Melaina and Mike Penev. (June 2012)
Comparing Infrastructure Costs for Hydrogen and Electricity. Marc Melaina. (May 2012)
Infrastructure Analysis of Early Market Transition of Fuel Cell Vehicles. Brian Bush. (May 2012)
Design and Technoeconomic Performance Analysis of a 1 MW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Polygeneration System for Combined Production of Heat, Hydrogen, and Power. W. Becker, Robert Braun, Michael Penev, and Marc Melaina. Journal of Power Sources. (February 2012)
U.S. Geographic Analysis of the Cost of Hydrogen from Electrolysis. Genevieve Saur and Chris Ainscough. (December 2011)
Leveling Intermittent Renewable Energy Production through Biomass Gasification-Based Hybrid Systems. Jered Dean, Robert Braun, Michael Penev, Christopher Kinchin, and David Munoz. Journal of Energy Resources Technology. (September 2011)
Role of Fuel Carbon Intensity in Achieving 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals within the Light-Duty Vehicle Sector. Marc Melaina and Karen Webster. Environmental Science and Technology. (May 2011)
Rethinking U.S. Hydrogen Infrastructure Transition Scenarios: What Comes Next?. Marc Melaina and David Greene. (May 2011)
Wind Electrolysis: Hydrogen Cost Optimization. Genevieve Saur and Todd Ramsden. (May 2011)
Co-Evolution of Alternative Fuel Infrastructure and Vehicles: A Study of the Experience of Argentina with Compressed Natural Gas. Gustavo Collantes and Marc Melaina. Energy Policy. (February 2011)
Hydrogen Infrastructure Market Readiness Workshop. Workshop Proceedings and Summary of Feedback Provided through the Hydrogen Station Cost Calculator. (February 2011)
Hydrogen for Energy Storage Analysis Overview. Darlene Steward, Todd Ramsden, and Kevin Harrison. (May 2010)
International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) Infrastructure Workshop. Workshop Proceedings. (February 2010)
Analysis of Hybrid Hydrogen Systems: Final Report. Jered Dean, Robert Braun, David Munoz, Michael Penev, and Christopher Kinchin. (January 2010)
Delivering Renewable Hydrogen: A Focus on Near-Term Applications Workshop. Workshop Proceedings. (November 2009)
Lifecycle Cost Analysis of Hydrogen Versus Other Technologies for Electrical Energy Storage. Darlene Steward, Genevieve Saur, Michael Penev, and Todd Ramsden. (November 2009)
Reliable Muddle: Transportation Scenarios for the 80% Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal for 2050. Marc Melaina and Karen Webster. (October 2009)
Analyzing the Levelized Cost of Centralized and Distributed Hydrogen Production Using the H2A Production Model, Version 2. Todd Ramsden, Darlene Steward, and J. Zuboy. (September 2009)
Influence of Building Location on Combined Heat and Power/ Hydrogen (Tri-Generation) System Cost, Hydrogen Output and Efficiency. Darlene Steward and Michael Penev. (April 2009)
Refueling Infrastructure for Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Lessons Learned for Hydrogen Workshop. Workshop Proceedings. (April 2008)
Analysis of the Transition to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles and the Potential Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Requirements. David Greene, Paul Leiby, Brian James, Julie Perez, Margo Melendez, Anelia Milbrandt, Stefan Unnasch, Matthew Hooks, Shawna McQueen, and Sigmund Gronich. (March 2008)
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