Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2017, Volume 20, Issue 2

The environmental impact of renewable hydrogen for energy storage and mobility applications

Mihai Balan 1* , Mihaela Ramona Buga 1 , Adrian Badea 2

1 National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICSI Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, PO Box Râureni 7, 240050, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania
2 University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

*Corresponding author: Mihai Balan, E-mail:, phone: 0250 732744; Fax: 0250 732746

Published: 2017


Energy storage technologies are regarded as key components of the ongoing energy transition towards decarbonization and lower GHG emissions. A simplified LCA is performed in order to determine the environmental impact of renewable hydrogen for energy storage and mobility applications in two impact categories: global warming potential (GWP) and cumulative energy demand (CED) and compare it to the reference hydrogen production scenario which is steam reforming. The results clearly indicate that renewable hydrogen is a more sustainable option, while underlying the importance of the energy mix used in the compression stage.


renewable hydrogen, LCA, energy storage, mobility

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