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Sustainability Assessment of Harmonised Hydrogen Energy Systems: Guidelines for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Prospective Benchmarking

Objective

Hydrogen is expected to play a key role as an energy carrier in the path towards global sustainability. Nevertheless, right decisions are needed to make fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) systems effective in this crusade. Besides technological advancements, methodological solutions that allow checking the suitability of FCH systems under sustainability aspects from a life-cycle perspective are needed to sensibly support decision-making. Such methodological contributions should rely on well-defined guidelines that allow a reliable assessment and benchmarking of FCH systems. In this sense, sound guidelines for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) of FCH systems are urgently needed. The goal of SH2E is to provide a harmonised (i.e., methodologically consistent) multi-dimensional framework for the LCSA and prospective benchmarking of FCH systems. To that end, SH2E will develop and demonstrate specific guidelines for the environmental (LCA), economic (LCC) and social (SLCA) life cycle assessment and benchmarking of FCH systems, while addressing their consistent integration into robust FCH-LCSA guidelines. These guidelines aim to be globally accepted as the reference document for LCSA of FCH systems and set the basis for future standardisation, going beyond the update of past initiatives such as the FC-HyGuide project and the IEA Hydrogen Task 36 through their reformulation to deal with underdeveloped topics such as material criticality and prospective assessment. For the sake of practicality and extended use of the guidelines, key SH2E outcomes also include user-friendly, open-access software tools with illustrative case studies, also being a source of publicly available data reviewed by a third party. Thus, the project is aligned with international initiatives towards global sustainability, including the Innovation Challenge on Renewable and Clean Hydrogen, by providing robust frameworks and tools that help decision-makers check the sustainability of FCH solutions.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydrogen energy

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-CSA - Coordination & support action

Coordinator

Fundacion IMDEA Energia
Address
Avenida Ramon De La Sagra 3
28935 Mostoles Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 544 763,75

Participants (5)

GREENDELTA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 489 125
Address
Kaiserdamm 13
14059 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 350 350
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 267 190
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LAS NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS DEL HIDROGENO EN ARAGON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 164 937,50
Address
Cr Zaragoza N 330A Km 566 Cuarte
22197 Huesca
Activity type
Research Organisations
SYMBIO
France
EU contribution
€ 181 250
Address
14 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
38600 Fontaine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)