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Negar Namazifard


Prof. Erik Delarue (KUL)

Prof. Tomas Wyns (VUB)/

Pieter Vingerhoets (VITO)


Hydrogen policy impact model for industrial energy systems


We aim to build a model to fill the gap between techno-economic models and policy impact models including industrial decision making.

The current energy system models are often limited to a techno-economic analysis, while policy-oriented models typically are not able to take into account the wide energy system scope which is needed.


This PhD topic aims to build a new model-toolbox which is able to fill the void with respect to modelling policies on industrial hydrogen production and demand.

In a first step, mapping of policies and measures which relate to hydrogen and power-to-molecules technologies in general will be done. In parallel, an analysis will be made of the most important industrial processes which are relevant for a future switch to carbon neutral technologies. In a second step, the model will be designed to assess the available impact of the policies on the techno-economic decisions.


The input of the model will consist of the policy package and the industrial data collected in the first step. The output will consist of potential cost curves and resulting emissions. Furthermore, it should be possible by combining the techno-economic and policy impact parameters to simulate agents (e.g. ammonia or methanol producers) in the industrial production systems. Finally, the model results will be compared to other energy model outcomes.


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