A Deterministic Optimization Approach to Understand and Enable the Rollout of Hydrogen Infrastructure for A Carbon Neutral California

Hydrogen is a flexible energy carrier and storage medium that can play a critical role in decarbonizing energy and fighting climate change. One major impediment towards wider adoption of hydrogen is the lack of supporting infrastructure, including refueling stations, production plants and distribution facilities. Farsighted policies are required to attract infrastructure investments and create the necessary economies of scale for hydrogen to become market competitive with other sustainable alternatives. This research addresses several critical challenges facing the rollout and scale-up of hydrogen infrastructure in California. An optimization-based modeling approach including technical, economic, social, and environmental factors will be utilized to help design an evolving holistic infrastructure system for hydrogen through 2050. This work will be done collaboratively between the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), leveraging each other’s expertise across different fields such as the hydrogen supply chain, and electric and natural gas grids. NREL’s Scenario Evaluation & Regional Analysis (SERA) model will be central to this modeling effort, with soft linkages to a suite of other models developed at ITS-Davis. A goal of this analysis is to help formulate hydrogen related policies that would enable California to achieve its carbon neutrality targets by 2045.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $30000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DOT 69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    Davis, California  United States  95616

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    Davis, California  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Vijayakumar, Vishnu

    Sperling, Daniel

    Jenn, Alan

  • Start Date: 20220401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01836401
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DOT 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 22 2022 11:50AM