UK Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium 2 CORE

Funded by: EPSRC's SUPERGEN programme


January 2008 to December 2008

PSI researchers:

Background, summary and aims

Background and Aims

PSI's contribution to this four-year project has been focused on the assessment of levels of probable hydrogen demand in an international context and understanding its implications for the UK. In particular, the project aimed to answer the following key research questions:

What levels of energy demand could different hydrogen futures be reasonably expected to satisfy?
Are there any absolute limits to the demand that could be supported by any particular future?
PSI made contributions on these questions up to the end of 2008, concluding its involvement in UKSHEC2.

Project Design

The work started with a comprehensive literature review, analysing hydrogen scenarios and road maps (UK, EU and international) in terms of the levels of hydrogen demand that are envisaged and the time-scales over which they would be delivered. This work also included a review of the modelling in this area that had been carried out at the UK, EU, and international level.

Importance of Research

The UK Sustainable Hydrogen Consortium (UKSHEC) is a major research initiative funded under EPSRC's SUPERGEN programme. Its first phase ran from 2003 to 2007. Its second phase will run from 2007 to 2011.

The findings from this research will inform what future hydrogen demands are likely to be in the UK and how it would compare to penetration of hydrogen in the other international energy systems. Subsequently, they will feed into the hydrogen modelling workstream of the UKSHEC project.