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Industrial decarbonization via hydrogen: A critical and systematic review of developments, socio-technical systems and policy options

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  • Steve Griffiths, Khalifa University of Science and Technology
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  • Benjamin K. Sovacool
  • Jinsoo Kim, Hanyang University
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  • Morgan Bazilian, Colorado School of Mines
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  • Joao M. Uratani, Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Industrial decarbonization is a daunting challenge given the relative lack of low-carbon options available for “hard to decarbonize” industries such as iron and steel, cement, and chemicals. Hydrogen, however, offers one potential solution to this dilemma given that is an abundant and energy dense fuel capable of not just meeting industrial energy requirements, but also providing long-duration energy storage. Despite the abundance and potential of hydrogen, isolating it and utilizing it for industrial decarbonization remains logistically challenging and is, in many cases, expensive. Industrial utilization of hydrogen is currently dominated by oil refining and chemical production with nearly all of the hydrogen used in these applications coming from fossil fuels. The generation of low-carbon or zero-carbon hydrogen for industrial applications requires new modes of hydrogen production that either intrinsically produce no carbon emissions or are combined with carbon capture technologies. This review takes a sociotechnical perspective to examine the full range of industries and industrial processes for which hydrogen can support decarbonization and the technical, economic, social and political factors that will impact hydrogen adoption.

TidsskriftEnergy Research and Social Science
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2021

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
Public-private partnerships for the demonstration and scale-up of hydrogen technologies and projects are exemplified by the Australia ASME Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC), the 7th Energy Research Programme of the Federal Government of Germany, the EU H2ME, H2FUTURE and H2PORTS programs, the Japan Hydrogen Association, and the Sweden HYBRIT Project. Funding for these scale-up and demonstration projects include the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (ECHA); the InvestEU Programme; the European Regional Development Fund; the Cohesion Fund; the Just Transition Mechanism (for carbon intensive regions); Connecting Europe Facility (CEF); and Connecting European Facility Transport (CEFT) [477] .

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge support from the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) in the United Kingdom, funded via the ESRC and EPSRC via Grant EP/V027050/1. The authors also acknowledge The Bryden Centre project that is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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