Hydrogen Storage, Transport & Distribution

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Online example shown below, based on 3 x 3-4 hour sessions.

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Course objectives – is this for you?

This course is intended for those seeking a thorough understanding of how hydrogen fuel can be stored, transported and distributed from production to end-use – and why this is of central importance in determining how the hydrogen landscape will develop.

You will leave with a clearly explained review of hydrogen storage and distribution options and how they compare, in language accessible to a business person. To evaluate their likely growth trajectories, you want to understand and quantify the pros and cons of competing solutions. You want to assess the practical, economic and efficiency factors at play, and be brought fully up-to-date on the current status of the market, illustrated by examples from around the world.


Session 1: Storing & moving hydrogen

Hydrogen isn’t an easy molecule to handle, bringing with it big challenges compared to our well-established fossil fuel supply chains.

Compression & liquification

  • The properties of hydrogen as an energy carrier

  • What pressure hydrogen? (From production to applications in transport and storage)

  • Storing compressed hydrogen at a variety of scales, from mobility to salt caverns

  • ‘LH2’: producing, transporting and storing liquid hydrogen

  • Cost, efficiency and infrastructure considerations in compression and liquification applications

Pipelines: pure & blended

  • Barriers to blending hydrogen within natural gas networks, including embrittlement

  • Blending (and de-blending) considerations and the connected user base

  • Safety, including evolving standards and gas regulations

  • When and why might new 100% hydrogen infrastructure make more sense?

  • Comparing pipeline to other distribution methods: costs, scales, distances & deliverability

Session 2: Hydrogen carriers and adsorbents

Given the challenges of storing and moving hydrogen itself, a range of options are being explored whereby hydrogen is instead carried within some other chemical compound.


  • Evaluating the pros and cons of ammonia as a hydrogen carrier (compared to hydrogen itself)

  • The processes of ammonia production and hydrogen regeneration, including energy losses

  • The options for storing and moving ammonia

  • Skipping the return path: using ammonia via combustion or fuel cell conversion

  • Applications and proposals of ammonia utilisation, including in shipping and power

LOHCs and metal hydrides

  • Reviewing the status of liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHCs) technology

  • Evaluating the pros and cons of LOHCs (compared to ammonia and pure hydrogen)

  • Strategies for overcoming efficiency and energy loss barriers

  • Reviewing the status of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage

  • Applications of metal hydride storage, including an analysis of their pros and cons

Session 3: Developing hydrogen supply chains

While much coverage of the growing hydrogen market has focused on its production and end-use, connecting these two remains a huge barrier to any strategies aiming to develop large-scale hydrogen markets.

The crucial importance of hydrogen scale-up and deployment strategies

  • Evaluating how different approaches to hydrogen market growth will both depend on and determine the options for storing and distributing it

  • Quantifying issues of scale (and likely timeframes)

  • Implications for the development of hydrogen distribution and storage infrastructure

  • The key role of industrial clustering and hydrogen hubs for infrastructure integration

  • Identifying contrasting drivers in different regions and localities

The hydrogen value chain, including new business opportunities and risks

  • Dissecting the hydrogen value chain and its key players

  • Innovation and technology opportunities to solve hydrogen distribution and storage problems

  • Understanding the competitive context, including efficiency and cost factors for hydrogen vs. electrification for bulk clean energy distribution

  • Developing hydrogen trading and markets

  • Summary: short, medium and long-term viewpoint on hydrogen market development pathways

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