Symposium EN11—Materials, Modeling and Technoeconomic Impacts for Large-Scale Hydrogen and Energy Applications
The future energy system will require large-scale energy storage to handle the intermittency associated with renewable generation sources. Ideally, storage systems will also harness seasonal excess generation to avoid terra-watt-hours of curtailment in the spring and fall. Of the potential energy storage methods, hydrogen-based storage is promising given its flexibility, both in terms of potential end uses and sources. Of interest to this symposium are advancements necessary for large-scale generation, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen. New materials to aid in low and high temperature electrolysis, photo-electrolysis, high temperature decomposition, bio-hydrogen, etc. will be discussed. The optimization of hydrogen carriers and storage materials to realize efficient, safe and economical transport of hydrogen and facilitate geographically agnostic H2 storage will be explored. New concepts and materials with potential advantages over compressed/liquefied hydrogen for bulk storage and transport will be of particular interest, especially reports on new and innovative sets of materials and bio-materials that could be involved in hydrogen carrier applications. Additionally, in the area of distribution, requirements for the use of existing natural gas pipelines for hydrogen distribution as well as methods to subvert hydrogen embrittlement concerns in containment materials will be addressed in this symposium. Abstracts regarding system design considerations and analyses of potential end uses for hydrogen will also be considered. In this way, the symposium will cover motivating factors for the development of the hydrogen economy and the essential materials advancements to enable this expansion.