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Hydrogen Energy Planning with Water Considerations: A SWITCH Model Enhancement for Sustainable Deployment


This study presents an enhancement to the Switch optimization model for hydrogen energy planning by integrating the capability to consider the construction and operation of hydrogen electrolysis plants and the operation of water distribution systems. This integration was achieved through the addition of two new modules, and their effectiveness is demonstrated through their application in a case study for Durham region. The study highlights the significance of incorporating water distribution systems into energy planning, demonstrating how optimal locations for hydrogen plants can significantly influence water and power demand, as well as alter the total operating costs. The enhanced Switch model showcases its improved capability to assist policymakers and stakeholders in transitioning towards a sustainable energy future.

Funding source: This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain
Countries: Canada

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