>In brief


H2INVEST – the hydrogen infrastructure venture support tool


The Challenge

Building a hydrogen refuelling station infrastructure is more complex than other fuel infrastructures due to the number of technologic options, the site- and volume-dependent inhomogeneous cost structure and the risks and conflict of interests of the involved players. Pure market economics alone cannot lead to a successful breakthrough of this technology; a coordinated and concerted approach is needed for the early introduction.

New challenges require new solutions. They must be capable of handling the complexity, transparent to balance the financial and strategic interests of all stakeholders, and flexible to study the impact of changing framework conditions.


The Solution

The H2INVEST methodology and tool supports build-up and management of regional hydrogen infrastructures. It aims at all stakeholders involved in facilitating, planning and realization of early hydrogen supply infrastructures (automotive industry, technology and gases companies, fuel retailers, and politics) and provides a common basis for evaluation of infrastructure options, consortium models and policy support.

H2INVEST facilitates

  • Estimation of spatially distributed hydrogen demand
  • Optimization of refuelling station siting
  • Optimization of integrated hydrogen supply pathways to each refuelling station, including application of existing facilities, siting of new production and liquefaction plants, choosing least-cost distribution (pipeline grids, trucks)
  • Evaluation of the effects of policy support measures, equipment costs and energy prices on production and transport portfolio
  • Financial evaluation of business and consortium models by building business divisions, defining transfer prices along value chain and calculating DCF and relevant KPIs

Unique strengths of H2INVEST are

  • Integrated production and distribution infrastructure as opposed to separate energy chains
  • Valid, realistic scenarios through highest possible level of regional detail (site sharp)
  • Investor-oriented approach (cost minimisation based on short-term profitability)
  • Direct link between infrastructure cost optimisation and detailed financial evaluation