Hydrogen Energy: Economic and Social Challenges



Hydrogen Energy: Economic and Social Challenges
Hydrogen energy has the potential to make a major contribution to the resolution of pressing social and environmental problems such as carbon emissions, energy security and local air pollution. Yet why isn't the global energy system switching to hydrogen?
This book is the first to assess the challenges in a comprehensive and realistic way. Part I discusses the different technologies for the production, distribution, storage and use of hydrogen, and analyzes both the economics of these technologies and the risks they pose. Part II describes the experiences of hydrogen economies in the UK and Canada, and then assesses the nature of different hydrogen futures that might develop depending on how the technology, economics, social acceptance and policy frameworks play out in different contexts. Part III examines the critical relationship between public acceptance of hydrogen, public policy and market conditions. The book ends by setting out the policy drivers and levers which could stimulate a virtuous circle of research and development, innovation and investment that might ultimately generate a sustainable hydrogen economy.
This is essential reading for readers who are interested in the future of the energy system and the part that hydrogen might play in it.


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