Association Webinars: Hydrogen Energy Storage in Future Power Systems



This webinar will explore the role of hydrogen in high or ultra-high renewable energy systems with a focus on the power sector. Specifically, this webinar will present the results of a case study on the techno-economic analysis of hydrogen-based seasonal energy storage in the Western U.S. power system with 24% to 61% of variable renewable power sources on an annual energy basis (up to 83.5% of renewable energy including hydro, geothermal, and biomass power sources). Additionally, this webinar will explore a recent techno-economic analysis that evaluates a suite of technologies that could support high renewable energy grids including both flexible power generators and long-duration energy storage assets. In particular, multiple hydrogen storage systems are assessed relative to competing technologies and hydrogen's potential economic opportunities to support high renewable energy grids are highlighted.

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Chad Hunter is a Team Lead and Systems Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). At NREL, Chad's work focuses on the intersection of economics and renewable energy strategy. Chad's expertise ranges from on-road transportation technologies across electric scooters, passenger vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks to behind-the-meter and long-duration energy storage analysis. Chad was also a 2019 EDF Climate Corps fellow at Bird where he researched life-cycle assessment (LCA) models, developed a custom LCA scooter model, and used the LCA to help drive Bird's sustainability strategy. Chad has an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Omar Guerra is a Research Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Omar joined NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in May 2017 (promoted to research engineer in May 2020) after finishing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Omar has a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of São Paulo (Brazil), and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Industrial University of Santander (Colombia). His research goals are oriented towards the model-based economic analysis of integrated systems, including hydrogen technologies, energy storage, and applications in the energy and water sectors.

Colin Ward was the interim director of the Markets and Industrial Development program and currently serves as a Visiting Researcher for KAPSARC. He has worked in the energy industry for 15 years in various capacities including seismic field work, refinery design and consulting for major international and national oil companies worldwide. Colin plays a major role in several projects including the KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook (KOMO) and environmental issues for the energy industry.

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Event Date: March 3, 2021

Event Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern Time

Topic: Hydrogen Energy Storage in Future Power Systems

Price: FREE for IAEE Members

Speakers: Chad Hunter and Omar Guerra

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