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Modelling the transition towards a hydrogen economy
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ECN Policy Studies 1-12-2005
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-RX--05-197 Conference Paper
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Presented at: 5th BIEE Academic conference, Oxford, UK, 22-23 september 2005.

Due to recent increased attention for a possible transition to a hydrogeneconomy, the need is felt to include a detailed description of a hydrogen system in a bottom-up energy system model. This paper describes the set-up of an extension of the MARKAL model of the energy system of Western Europe developed at ECN. In it, the elements of a hydrogen economy are summarized. For many of these, a rather straightforward implementation is possible. For some, additional assumptions have to be made before they can be included in the model, as the way in which
technologies in MARKAL are parameterised had less degrees of freedom than the technologies require. Such assumptions can be made completely outside of the model, or through definition of complementary technologies be internalised.

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