The ‘hydrogen economy’ in the united states and the european union: Regulating innovation to combat climate change

Ruven Fleming, Joshua P. Fershee

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Abstract

The chapter provides a wide-ranging look at prospects for ‘the hydrogen economy’ regarding fuel. In the European Union, hydrogen may be a means to address the intermittency of supply in the renewables sector. The US emphasis on hydrogen to operate motor vehicles contrasts with the EU’s broader climate change driven move to explore alternatives to fossil fuel. Regarding drivers of energy innovation, it is striking that the US introduction of hydrogen is specifically aimed at the transport sector and was driven by security of supply reasons rather than climate change. Further technological innovation is evident in that hydrogen can be injected into the natural gas grid or stored in dedicated reservoirs. In this regard, the chapter analyses the legal innovations required, by considering the impact on and interaction with the storage provisions of the EU Gas Directive and the proposed storage provision in the recast Electricity Directive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInnovation in Energy Law and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationDynamic Solutions for Energy Transitions
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages137-153
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780198822080
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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