The Hydrogen Economy

Opportunities and Challenges

The Hydrogen Economy

Responding to the sustained interest in and controversial discussion of the prospects of hydrogen, this book strives to reflect critically on the perspectives of a hydrogen economy in light of the global energy challenge, in particular the question how to meet the growing demand for transport energy in the long term and how to secure sustainable energy for transportation.

This book stands out from other publications by its emphasis on setting the scene for hydrogen and the comprehensive coverage of all aspects related to the hydrogen subject, that is technical, environmental and socio-economic, and with a global geographic scope.

The aim is to provide a reference book and compendium about hydrogen that should be of interest to anyone who wants to catch up on the status of the hydrogen discussion, look up a specific aspect related to hydrogen, or understand how hydrogen comes off compared to other mobility solutions. The book should appeal to a fairly broad readership: academia, policy makers and industry.


"This is a useful book: it is also a serious book. With twenty-one chapters written by eight main contributors and the two editors and 646 pages, it obviously has substantial content. It is the most comprehensive assessment that I know of the technology and economic prospects for transitioning to a transportation system energized in large part by hydrogen, and of the challenges involved in such a transition. It comes at a time when hydrogen as a future transportation energy source needs to be evaluated at a deeper level than has been done to date. Ten years ago, of the alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, hydrogen wore the green crown: back then, it alone seemed to have the potential for powering fuel cell propelled vehicles with lower greenhouse gas emissions than even improved mainstream technology could provide. Over the past decade, the list of major challenges to the hydrogen transformation has become longer, more detailed and pragmatic, and thus more formidable, as we have learned more about how that transition might be accomplished. Also, the biofuel and electricity options have captured parts of this longer-term “place in the sun.” Thus putting together in a substantive book, a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of where we are in our pursuit of the hydrogen option, has real value." - John B. Heywood, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 35, Issue 4

Review of the hardback: 'The book is an important contribution to the discussion about the role of hydrogen in the future energy system, and should be of great interest to a broad readership, from policy makers to the general public.' Mustafa Hatipoglu, UNIDO-ICHET

Review of the hardback: 'I strongly recommend this excellent book to energy engineers, environmentalists and decision makers, as well as those interested in the future of humankind and the welfare of the planet Earth.' T. Nejat Veziroglu, President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy

Review of the hardback: 'This is a useful book: it is also a serious book. … This book provides a comprehensive summary of our current state of knowledge about transitioning to a hydrogen economy. It is thus an excellent springboard from which we can and should continue our efforts to explore, assess, and depending on our judgments, further pursue the hydrogen option.' John B. Heywood

Review of the hardback: '… a useful addition to the literature …' Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation