Hydrogen Economy

Hydrogen Economy

Supply Chain, Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Transition for Sustainability

2nd Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Antonio Scipioni, Alessandro Manzardo, Jingzheng Ren
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323995146

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Hydrogen Economy: Supply Chain, Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Transition for Sustainability, Second Edition explores the challenges for the transition into a sustainable hydrogen economy. In this book, experts from various academic backgrounds discuss the tools and methodologies for the analysis, planning, design, and optimization of hydrogen supply chains. They examine the available technologies for hydrogen production, storage, transport, distribution, and energy conversion, providing a cross cutting perspective on their sustainability.This second edition of Hydrogen Economy is fully updated with new technologies and tools for design, optimization, assessment, and decision-making, and includes twelve new chapters divided into two new sections. Section III examines advanced hydrogen routines and technologies, including fuel cells and hybrid electric vehicles, new storage technologies, and biohydrogen production from waste, allowing for a more complete life cycle assessment of the entire supply chain. Section IV provides new insights into policy and future developments, discussing the role of Grey, Blue, and Green hydrogen in the energy transition, the application of hydrogen in decarbonization of heavy industry, hydrogen safety, and more, substantially broadening the scope of the 2nd Edition.Providing a broad overview of the subject and well-recognized tools to manage hydrogen sustainability, Hydrogen Economy Second Edition is an invaluable resource for engineering researchers and PhD students in energy, environmental and industrial areas, energy economy researchers, practicing hydrogen energy engineers and technicians, energy and environmental consultants, life cycle assessment practitioners and consultants.

Key Features

  • Provides a broad perspective of the issues related to environmental, social and economic sustainability of hydrogen energy and its future perspectives
  • Presents the current applied research and available tools for managing and assessing hydrogen energy sustainability, such as LCA, optimization, multi-criteria decision making and supply chain optimization
  • Explores how experts in the field handle all issues related to the application of life cycle assessment for hydrogen production, storage, transport, distribution, safety, and end use


Hydrogen energy practitioners (engineers and technicians), engineering researchers and PhD students in Hydrogen energy and related environmental and industrial areas, energy economy researchers, Energy and environmental consultants, life cycle assessment practitioner and consultants

Table of Contents

  • Part I: General
    1. The role of Hydrogen Energy: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
    2. Introduction of Hydrogen Routines
    3. Critical factors and cause-effect analysis for enhancing the sustainability of hydrogen supply chain

    Part II: Design, Optimization, Assessment and Decision-making
    4. Design and Optimization of Hydrogen Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future
    5. Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Hydrogen Energy technologies
    6. Life Cycle Assessment of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: A Review
    7. Social Life Cycle Assessment of Hydrogen Energy technologies
    8. Comparison of Different Multicriteria Decision-Making Methodologies for Sustainability Decision Making
    9. Sustainability decision Support Framework for the prioritization of hydrogen energy systems
    10. Hydrogen location selection and optimization: advanced models

    Part III: Advanced hydrogen routines and technologies
    11. Hydrogen production technologies: conventional processes
    12. Renewable energy based hydrogen production technologies
    13. Biohydrogen production from waste
    14. The frontiers of hydrogen storage technologies: past, current and future
    15. Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell: Advanced Technologies, Modelling and Optimization:
    16. Electrolysis for hydrogen and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems

    Part IV: Policies and Perspective
    17. Hydrogen Safety: Quo Vadis?
    18. Opportunities and Future Challenges in Hydrogen Economy for Sustainable Development
    19. Hydrogen for deep decarbonisation
    20. Hydrogen Production Methods: Benefits, Opportunities, Costs, and Risks
    21. The roles of Grey, Blue and Green Hydrogen for Sustainability Transition
    22. Hydrogen Development at a global perspective

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323995146

About the Editors

Antonio Scipioni

Antonio Scipioni
Antonio Scipioni, University of Padova. Professor at the Industrial Engineering Department. He is the Director of CESQA, a leading research group with outstanding research results in the field of environmental and energy management. He is the member of the national committee on environment that approve standards on environmental management issues. He has managed as scientific director several European funded projects for the University of Padova with partners from all over Europe and with a specific focus on Energy issues and sustainability.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Industrial Engineering Department, University of Padova, Italy

Alessandro Manzardo

Alessandro Manzardo
Alessandro Manzardo, University of Padova. Senior associate researcher in the field of footprint and sustainability assessment. He is the chair of the Italian committee at the ISO/TC 207 committee on ISO standards related to environment. He is active member in several UNEP-Life Cycle Initiative processes on the definition of Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability methods (e.g. Footprints). He has scored several papers on energy related topics with specific focus on Hydrogen Energy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Associate Researcher, University of Padova, Italy

Jingzheng Ren

Jingzheng Ren
Jingzheng Ren is Assistant Professor of Modelling for Energy, Environment and Sustainability at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He has also been nominated as adjunct/honorary associate professor of University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) and associated senior research fellow of the Institute for Security & Development Policy (Stockholm, Sweden). Prof. Ren serves as board member of several scientific journals and published more than 150 papers, authored 1 book, edited more than 10 books and published more than 40 book chapters. His research focuses on process system engineering for better sustainability and mathematical models for solving energy and environmental problems and promoting sustainability transition

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

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