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Reference Number EP/T022930/1
Title Hydrogen Infrastructure Uncertainty Management for Heat Decarbonisation
Status Started
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS (Hydrogen) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 10%;
Principal Investigator Dr L Papageorgiou
No email address given
Chemical Engineering
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2021
End Date 31 March 2025
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £1,583,260
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr L Papageorgiou , Chemical Engineering, University College London (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr V Charitopoulos , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Dr D Reiner , Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Committee on Climate Change (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The goal of the HUMAN project is to provide the first systematic analysis on the cost of uncertainties related to the hydrogen-led decarbonisation of heat. Sustainable decarbonisation pathways require uncertainty-resilient policies. These policies can be informed by acknowledging proactively the uncertainties inflicted by technology performance, volatility in heat demand and socio-economic fluctuations. With the power sector becoming increasingly reliant on intermittent renewable sources and the Government's commitment to "Net-Zero" by 2050, the role of hydrogen towards heat decarbonisation and the related uncertainties need to be urgently explored. The project considers strategic and operational decisions related to the deployment of a hydrogen-led system and its interaction with the power grid across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Employing the tools developed within the project the optimal mix of electrification and hydrogen-based decarbonisation of heat will be explored at a UK-wide level. Using novel uncertainty modelling methods, the impact of uncertainties related to the heat sector and the hydrogen production technologies will be analysed to derive uncertainty-informed transition pathways. Finally, HUMAN proposes to disseminate an open-source platform with user-friendly interface to enhance interpretability among energy policy practitioners and enable the investigation of alternative uncertainty-informed scenarios for heat decarbonisation
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Added to Database 07/10/21