H2INVEST – the hydrogen infrastructure venture support tool
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 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.
Unique strengths of H2INVEST are