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PhD ceremony H.J. (Herib) Blanco Reano: Hydrogen potential in the future EU energy system. A multi-sectoral, multi-model approach

When:Fr 20-12-2019 at 12:45
Where:Academy Building, University of Groningen, Broerstraat 5

PhD ceremony: H.J. Blanco Reaño, PhD
When: December 20, 2019
Start: 12:45
Supervisor: prof. dr. A.P.C. (André) Faaij
Where: Academy building RUG
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Institute: Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG) / Center for Energy and Environmental Sciences (IVEM)

Climate change is mainly caused by anthropogenic emissions and can result in loss of biodiversity, population displacement, increased inequality and extreme weather events. To minimize the manifestation of these consequences, changes need to be drastic in the coming decade aiming for a carbon-neutral energy system by mid-century. The research of Herib Blanco Reaño focuses on hydrogen and how it can contribute to achieving this (close to) zero-emissions system. Hydrogen is currently already used in the industrial sector, but has potential to be safely used for transport, power and buildings. It can also be used to produce synthetic fuels that would enable seamless practices for the end consumers while ensuring a low-carbon production upstream. This research looks at all the energy society consumes assessing the optimal technology mix to achieve the low-carbon future and determines where is hydrogen needed, how much does it cost, what technologies are needed and how uncertainties in technological development translate into systemic changes. Hydrogen is the most attractive for heavy-duty long-haul transport applications, industrial use (steel) and production of synthetic oil for aviation and chemical industry. Hydrogen could also be used in cars as complement of electricity or long-term energy storage. Hydrogen will enable to achieve a low-carbon system while contributing to minimum increase in energy prices or the total cost that society needs to pay (through for example carbon tax). Currently hydrogen production and use remain costly and needs public support such as in the form of financing to achieve the scale needed to achieve these low costs.