Imperial College London

Professor Nigel Brandon OBE FREng

Faculty of Engineering

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering



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2.06Faculty BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Brandon, NP and Kurban, Z},
doi = {10.1098/rsta.2016.0400},
journal = {Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
title = {Clean energy and the hydrogen economy},
url = {},
volume = {375},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - In recent years, new-found interest in the hydrogeneconomy from both industry and academia hashelped to shed light on its potential. Hydrogencan enable an energy revolution by providing muchneeded flexibility in renewable energy systems. Asa clean energy carrier, hydrogen offers a rangeof benefits for simultaneously decarbonizing thetransport, residential, commercial and industrialsectors. Hydrogen is shown here to have synergieswith other low-carbon alternatives, and can enablea more cost-effective transition to de-carbonizedand cleaner energy systems. This paper presentsthe opportunities for the use of hydrogen in keysectors of the economy and identifies the benefitsand challenges within the hydrogen supply chain forpower-to-gas, power-to-power and gas-to-gas supplypathways. While industry players have alreadystarted the market introduction of hydrogen fuelcell systems, including fuel cell electric vehicles andmicro-combined heat and power devices, the use ofhydrogen at grid scale requires the challenges of cleanhydrogen production, bulk storage and distribution tobe resolved. Ultimately, greater government support,in partnership with industry and academia, is stillneeded to realize hydrogen’s potential across alleconomic sectors.
AU - Brandon,NP
AU - Kurban,Z
DO - 10.1098/rsta.2016.0400
PY - 2017///
SN - 1364-503X
TI - Clean energy and the hydrogen economy
T2 - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
UR -
UR -
VL - 375
ER -