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Urban Hydrogen Production Model Using Environmental Infrastructures to Achieve the Net Zero Goal


Land available for energy production is limited in cities owing to high population density. To reach the net zero goal, cities contributing 70% of overall greenhouse gas emissions need to dramatically reduce emissions and increase self-sufficiency in energy production. Environmental infrastructures such as sewage treatment and incineration plants can be used as energy production facilities in cities. This study attempted to examine the effect of using environmental infrastructure such as energy production facilities to contribute toward the carbon neutrality goal through urban energy systems. In particular, since the facilities are suitable for hydrogen supply in cities, the analysis was conducted focusing on the possibility of hydrogen production. First, the current status of energy supply and demand, and additional energy production potential in sewage treatment and incineration plants in Seoul, were analyzed. Then, the role of these environmental infrastructures toward energy self-sufficiency in the urban system was examined. This study confirmed that the facilities can contribute to the city’s energy self-sufficiency and the achievement of its net-zero goal.

Funding source: This research was funded by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20213030030270)
Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain
Countries: Korea, Republic of

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