Green Hydrogen for remote areas

Proceedings Publication Date:

22 Mar 2022
Tin Jurisic
Tin Jurisic
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ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF) wants to shape a sustainable future by using broad in-house engineering expertise to find green hydrogen-based solutions for the coverage of the worldwide rising energy demand.

Current ideas and applications for hydrogen in industrial countries focus on replacing fossil energy sources by clean hydrogen, e.g. replacing large amounts of gray hydrogen used in the steel production by green hydrogen generated via water electrolysis with renewable energies.

Considering the different setups of countries in the world, a simple replacement of gray hydrogen with green hydrogen might not always be a relevant scenario. Issues with lacking energy infrastructure, especially in developing countries with remote areas, combined with the current worldwide enthusiasm for hydrogen as energy carrier can make affected countries seize the opportunity to generate a sustainable future by implementing hydrogen energy systems.

A hydrogen energy system in this case refers to an arrangement of equipment, which is able to produce, store and reconvert hydrogen to electricity as well as using the electricity from the renewable energy source directly. As opposed to fossil fuels, green hydrogen can be generated at any location where there is a form of renewable energy and presence of water.

Therefore remote areas with the requirement for energy supply can be a potential new field where hydrogen energy systems might become very important for covering the energy demand sustainably while ensuring security of supply.

Depending on the specific locations and the energy demand, the configuration for the hydrogen energy system is chosen. The main challenge is to conduct a deep analysis on the right requirements, configuration and sizing of the system in order to generate a feasible business case.

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