The Use of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier

  • Cesare Marchetti
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 1)


The logical motivation to find an energy carrier, or energy intermediate, able to satisfy the requirements of the energy market not covered or coverable by electricity, has been that of extending the use of nuclear reactors as primary energy sources. This may seem a premature preoccupation as nuclear plants are still striving to penetrate the fringes of the electric market. However, one should keep in mind that energy markets have very long relaxation times in respect to the introduction of new fuels as shown in Fig. 1. Furthermore energy systems take very long to develop technically; e.g., nuclear power plants took 15–20 years to reach the prototype stage, and will take another 20–30 years to make a dent in the electric market. So we have to start right now if we want to be ready with a new system in the year 2000, the converging point of many forecasts of doom, concerning particularly energy.


Hydrogen Production Electric Market Water Splitting Energy Carrier Energy Market 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cesare Marchetti
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  1. 1.Head Materials DivisionEuratom CCRIspraItaly

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