CASCADE-MINTS is a modelling and technology analysis project in two parts. Part 1 studies the prospect of a hydrogen economy touching all aspects of the energy economy and requiring integrated analytical treatment. Existing models will be extended and radically re-designed so as to describe all possible configurations of a hydrogen economy. This will include all demand categories where fuel cells can be used as well as the different options for distributing, storing and producing hydrogen from different primary sources. The models will be used to analyse scenarios assuming favourable trajectories for the technical and economic characteristics of hydrogen related technologies (both on the demand and supply side). Special attention will be given to technology clusters where particular breakthroughs may produce cumulative effects. Technology dynamics mechanisms will be incorporated in the models to enable them to perform R&D policy simulations in a dynamic environment where an increase in R&D effort produces improvements leading to higher technology adoption and hence to further improvements through experience gained in a virtuous learning circle. Stochastic modelling will be undertaken to allow a systematic assessment of the likelihood of different paths towards a hydrogen dominated energy system. Part 2 examines to what extent policies fostering the development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells,CO2capture and storage,renewables and nuclear energy can contribute to lowering GHG emissions and import dependency, and to what extent appropriate policies can foster their development and subsequent deployment. The analysis uses detailedenergy-econ.-environm.(E3)models that can provide useful insights. Aiming at the most thorough analysis and the most or-bust policy responses the proposed project brings together experts on different E3 models to jointly analyse key issues on the energy policy agenda. Part 2 intends to enhance the communication .
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project