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MI Hydrogen Seminar Series: Opportunities and Challenges for Hydrogen to Decarbonize Energy Sectors

Event Type
Sustainable Systems Forum
Amgad Elgowainy, Ph.D.
Center for Sustainable Systems
Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)
February 3, 202312:00pm - 1:00pm


Hydrogen already plays a major role in our lives. It is a key building block of fertilizers used to grow crops and is used by refineries to produce various fuels for personal mobility and transportation of goods. More recently, hydrogen has been considered for its potential to decarbonize various end use applications across energy sectors. This includes hydrogen use in fuel cell vehicles, synthetic fuel and chemical production, steel making, boiler for industrial processes, blending with natural gas, long duration energy storage, etc. However, to realize such expanded role for hydrogen, several technical and economic hurdles must be overcome. Furthermore, hydrogen must have a low greenhouse gas emissions footprint over its life cycle. The United States Congress has passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) with provisions that incentivized clean hydrogen production and deployment for various end use applications. This seminar will present an overview of the technical, economic, and environmental performance of various hydrogen production technologies and end use applications, their market potential, and the associated impacts of the BIL and IRA incentives.


Amgad Elgowainy

Dr. Amgad Elgowainy is a senior scientist and distinguished fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. He leads the Electrification and Infrastructure Group with focus on engineering process modeling, environmental life cycle analysis and techno-economic analysis of fuel infrastructure and vehicle technologies. Dr. Elgowainy has contributed to the development of the environmental life cycle analysis models (GREET®) since 2001 and has led the development of the hydrogen infrastructure technoeconomic suite of models (HDSAM). These models are recognized by thousands of users globally. Dr. Elgowainy authored and coauthored more than 200 technical publications.