Introduction of Hydrogen Routines

Di Xu, Lichun Dong, Jingzheng Ren

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The objective of this chapter is to give an overview of different hydrogen production routes from fossil fuel, nuclear energy, and renewable energy. Fossil fuels (natural gas, oil, and coal) are the most heavily used feedstock to directly generate hydrogen through thermochemical conversion technologies. Steam-methane reforming, oil reforming, and coal gasification are the most common processes. Nuclear energy has a great potential to produce hydrogen from water decomposition. The routes of thermochemical water splitting cycles and high temperature (steam) electrolysis are the leading contenders for H2 generation in the near future. Hydrogen produced from wind, solar, and bioenergy is also attractive because the sources are renewable. By water electrolysis, thermochemical routes, and biological routes, the renewable H2 generation can be realized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHydrogen Economy
Subtitle of host publicationSupply Chain, Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Transition for Sustainability
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128111338
ISBN (Print)9780128111321
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2017


  • Fossil fuel
  • Hydrogen production technology
  • Nuclear energy
  • Renewable energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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