University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Title: Enhancing renewable energy prospects via hydrogen energy systems
Marc A. Rosen is a Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada, where he served as founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Rosen was President of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of several journals and Director of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation. With over 60 research grants and contracts and 600 publications, Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in sustainable energy, environmental impact, and energy technology (including renewable energy and efficiency improvement). Much of his research has been carried out for industry, and he has written numerous books. Dr. Rosen has worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto. Dr. Rosen has received numerous awards and honors.
The prospects for renewable energy are enhanced through the use of hydrogen energy systems in which hydrogen is an energy carrier. As easily accessible fossil fuel supplies become scarcer and environmental concerns increase, hydrogen is likely to become an increasingly important chemical energy carrier. As the world’s energy sources become less fossil fuel-based, hydrogen and electricity are expected to be the two dominant energy carriers for the provision of end-use services, in a hydrogen economy. Thus, hydrogen energy systems allow greater use of renewable energy resources. In this presentation, the role of hydrogen as an energy carrier and hydrogen energy systems, and their economics, are described and reviewed.
There are many commercial processes for producing hydrogen from fossil fuel and non-fossil fuel sources (including renewables). Technologies for the storage and distribution of hydrogen exist. Technologies are developing for utilizing hydrogen as an energy carrier, especially in transportation. The technologies needed for hydrogen energy systems are undergoing much research and development.