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Reference number: 2019M-064, Energy engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering, sustainable energy supply, industrial engineering

Master thesis: Techno-economic analysis of pipeline transport within the scope of international hydrogen supply pathways

Start of work: immediately / by agreement

.In the light of shrinking fossil energy reserves and the international climate protection goals a further massive expansion of renewable energies (wind turbines and photovoltaic (PV) power plants in particular) is considered as indispensable. Their fluctuating occurrence requires further developed solutions of energy storage on an industrial scale. For this purpose the conversion of electricity to hydrogen by means of electrolysis, also referred to as power to gas or “green” hydrogen, offers a promising technical solution by which reductions of CO2 in further energy sectors such as the transport sector can be achieved at the same time. Thereby the usage of hydrogen is very promising to store fluctuating renewable energy (FRE)

At the IEK-3 international energy concepts are developed to convert energy from intermittent renewable energy sources into hydrogen and transfer it to other energy sectors like transport or industry. From a global point of view the spatial offer of RES like wind and solar power differs significantly. Due to regions with high energy potential on the one hand and regions with a higher energy demand, a worldwide solution is required to achieve an economically reasonable usage of hydrogen from FRE. A technically feasible and economically advantageous transport of this energy in terms of “green” hydrogen an analysis of grid-bound long-distance transport is of great interest. Apart from the storability of hydrogen the transportability over long distances is an essential element of integrating hydrogen as an energy carrier into the prospective energy system..

Your task
Within the scope of this thesis the international pipeline transport of hydrogen is to be analyzed based on existing models for land eligibility and routing and assessed from a technical and economic point of view. This analysis comprises identifying of restrictions for pipeline routing, further development of existing model approaches and integration into a worldwide hydrogen infrastructure model. The objective of this thesis is quantifying the energetic and economic efficiency of pipeline-bound long-distance transport of hydrogen. The results make a substantial contribution to the utilization of the worldwide FRE potential and achieving global climate protection goals. The following tasks are to be dealt with in the course of the master thesis:

  • Identification of technical boundary conditions and country-specific restrictions of hydrogen pipeline transport
  • Research of parameters concerning land eligibility and routing in producing, transiting and demanding countries
  • Initial practice to work with existing models for the determination of land eligibility and energy infrastructure calculation
  • Determination of technically and economically reasonable pipeline routing options based on available worldwide data about geo-information
  • Deduction of transport-specific energy demand and cost

Your profile

  • Very good academic records in energy engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering, sustainable energy supply, industrial engineering or comparable fields
  • Interest in power systems and future energy markets
  • High individual motivation
  • Self-reliant and analytical way of working
  • Experience of programming in GIS and Python desirable

Our offer

  • A pleasant working environment within a highly competent, international team in one of the most prestigious research facilities in Europe
  • You will be remunerated, supported by top-end scientific and technical infrastructure as well as closely guided by experts
  • You will have the opportunity to work with excited researchers from various scientific fields and take part in designing the future European energy system

Philipp Heuser
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
IEK-3: Electrochemical Process Engineering

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich
Tel. 02461 61-9742