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Activities Task 30

Global Hydrogen Systems Analysis

Co-Operating Agent: Susan Schoenung ( and Jochen Linssen (

Term: 1 June 2010 - 31 December 2014

Purpose and Objectives: 

The goal of Task 30 is to perform analysis to enable informed decisions that lead to sustainable clean energy systems. The specific objectives:

  • Build up a group analytical studies that answer expertise within the Hydrogen Implementing Agreement
  • To prepare detailed analytical studies that answer questions with respect to supply, demand, emissions and costs
  • Collaborate with the IEA HQ in order to support the IEA (WEO and ETP) with technical and economical data


Task 30 was preceded by the work of the Analysis Committee to provide data and analysis from within the expertise of the HIA. An early impetus was to answer the question Where will the hydrogen come from?


Task 30 has three subtasks, each contributing to the goal of providing expertise within the HIA for systems analysis. The three subtasks are:

  • Subtask A: Detailed analyses of global hydrogen resources. The Subtask A leader is Susan Schoenung, sponsored by US Department of Energy.
  • Subtask B: Updating and Harmonizing the database of hydrogen technologies. The Subtask B leader is Jochen Linssen of Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany
  • Subtask C: Collaboration with IEA analytics (Paris). The Subtask C leader is Kari Espegren of Institute for Energy Technology, Norway

Experts meet twice per year, with one of those semiannual meetings in Paris.


Members of Task 30 include Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the US. Potential additional members include Australia, Denmark, and UK.

Progress and Products:

Task 30 held its first experts meeting in mid-September 2010. Work is ongoing to develop a database of hydrogen resources and demand projections for the supply and demand study; to develop a data base of hydrogen technology performance parameters; and to collaborate with analysts at IEA (Paris) on analysis for the World Energy Outlook and Energy Technology Perspectives products.

The Subtask A Final Report, Global Hydrogen Resources Study, was published in July 2015.

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