"A hydrogen economy could offer energy stability, economical, and environmental benefits. Several issues are involved in the design and implementation of a hydrogen economy such as the selection of feedstocks, generation and storage technologies, transportation methods, appropriate equipment capacity, codes/standards and public awareness. The design of a hydrogen infrastructure may seem insurmountable; however, as the system is deconstructed a proper design can be achieved. In order to better understand how a hydrogen system for light duty vehicles might operate, both hydrogen resource and capacity analysis and modeling is conducted. Specifically, an evaluation of leading near term production and distribution technologies is presented. A hydrogen system based on wind-generated electricity is then presented as a viable component in a hydrogen transition strategy. In support of this strategy, the theoretical hydrogen generation capability of a wind-hydrogen system on a state level basis is determined. A newsvendor framework is utilized to determine the optimal capacity for hydrogen filling stations based upon consumer behavior. The utility of this approach is expanded by including the effects of a competitive business environment by providing an alternative to the consumer and by including a consumer placed utility for hydrogen. The consumer placed utility represents the value to the consumer that the higher energy efficiency and environmental benefits hydrogen is perceived to provide. The results from a parametric analysis of key variables are presented in regards to inventory levels. The presented work provides an understanding as how a complex hydrogen economy might operate in the future. Finally, future areas for model expansion are presented"--Abstract, page iii.
Grasman, Scott E. (Scott Erwin)
Sheffield, John W.
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Ph. D. in Engineering Management
Missouri University of Science and Technology
ix, 81 pages
© 2009 Kevin Braun Martin, All rights reserved.
Dissertation - Open Access
Demand (Economic theory) -- Mathematical models
Hydrogen as fuel -- Research
Renewable energy sources
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Martin, Kevin B., "Hydrogen infrastructure: resource evaluation and capacity modeling" (2009). Doctoral Dissertations. 2186.