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Relative costs of transporting electrical and chemical energy

Saadi, Fadl H. and Lewis, Nathan S. and McFarland, Eric W. (2018) Relative costs of transporting electrical and chemical energy. Energy and Environmental Science, 11 (3). pp. 469-475. ISSN 1754-5692.

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Transportation costs of energy resources are important when determining the overall economics of future energy infrastructure. The majority of long distance energy transmission occurs via merchant ships and pipelines carrying oil or natural gas. In contrast, future energy scenarios often envision vastly altered energy transportation scenarios including very high degrees of grid electrification and widespread installation of hydrogen pipelines. The unit cost of energy transportation varies by over two orders of magnitude. In particular, the costs of electricity and hydrogen transmission are substantially higher than the cost of oil and natural gas transportation. If carbon pricing is to be used to incentivize alternative energy systems, these differences in costs will need to be reduced and used when making meaningful technology comparisons.

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Additional Information:© 2018 Royal Society of Chemistry. Received 17th July 2017. Accepted 22nd January 2018. First published on 29th January 2018. Support for this work was provided by a graduate fellowship for F. H. S. from the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation at the University of Queensland, Australia. Additional support was provided by U.S. Department of Energy under Award Numbers DEFG02-89ER14048 (E. W. M.), and DE-SC0004993 (N. S. L.). There are no conflicts to declare.
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