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Overview of the hydrogen supply chain

Learn about the hydrogen supply chain.
Liquid hydrogen gas being transported on ship as well as fueling ship itself
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The production, storage and distribution of hydrogen make up the supply chain.

There are a range of pathways in which hydrogen can be produced, stored and distributed to the end user. The optimum pathway depends on factors such as the required quantity of hydrogen, cost and the intended application.

The hydrogen supply chain is expected to undergo significant changes in the future (which we will talk about later in the week) as demand increases significantly and there is a shift towards low-carbon hydrogen production.

A representation of the hydrogen supply chain can be seen below.

Hydrogen supply chain
Hydrogen supply chain. Image based on Figure 1.1 Green hydrogen production, conversion and end uses across the energy system of IRENA (2020), Green Hydrogen: A guide to policy making).

Your task

Reflect on the hydrogen supply chain graphic. How do the different ways to produce hydrogen impact on the rest of the supply chain?


IRENA, (2020) Green Hydrogen: A guide to policy making, International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi.

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