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Relative costs of transporting electrical and chemical energy

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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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The article was received on 17 Jul 2017, accepted on 22 Jan 2018 and first published on 29 Jan 2018

Article type: Analysis
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE01987D
Energy Environ. Sci., 2018,11, 469-475

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    Relative costs of transporting electrical and chemical energy

    F. H. Saadi, N. S. Lewis and E. W. McFarland, Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, 11, 469
    DOI: 10.1039/C7EE01987D

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