Potential Use of Green Hydrogen in the Built Environment

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2025 | Viewed by 103

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Construction Research Centre, National Research Council Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Building M-24, Ottawa, ON K1A0R6, Canada
Interests: buildings and building engineering; climate and climate modelling; simulation and numerical modelling; materials and materials technology; durability of materials and components; sustainability
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Interests: sustainability of built environment; performance over time of technical systems; energy and energy production systems; materials technology; durability of materials and components

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Why should hydrogen be considered an important element in meeting the decarbonisation challenges of the building heating and cooling market? The buildings sector is not only energy intensive but also an obstacle in achieving the significant abatement of GHG emissions. It has been suggested that the fundamental requirement to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is to maintain as broad a range of options as possible for heating and cooling homes, to permit owners to select the most satisfactory solution going forward. The use of green hydrogen may help address several of these challenges and become an integral part of the solution. How should the hydrogen be produced? How could hydrogen production, distribution, and storage efficiently phase-in with, e.g., the industrial production of construction materials and products?

In this Special Issue, contributions are being solicited on different hydrogen-based solutions which may provide the necessary energy for heating and cooling homes, be these single-family homes, multi-family homes, or multi-unit residential dwellings.

Contributions on the following topics will be considered for inclusion in the Special Issue:

  • Hydrogen-based energy storage systems;
  • Hydrogen in a renewables-based energy system;
  • Achieving cost-effective energy system configurations using hydrogen;
  • The modelling of energy systems having high renewable share including hydrogen;
  • Hydrogen technologies that allow for the achievement of net-zero buildings;
  • The integration of hydrogen with photovoltaic and battery storage systems for energy self-sufficiency in residential buildings;
  • Electrolytic hydrogen production as used for energy storage in homes;
  • Hydrogen storage systems as may be safely used for home energy storage;
  • Methods of the co-generation of energy for heating or cooling that include hydrogen;
  • Efficiency and durability of hydrogen-based energy storage systems.

Dr. Michael A. Lacasse
Dr. Christer Sjöström
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  • green hydrogen
  • energy storage systems
  • heating and cooling homes
  • modelling energy systems
  • efficiency durability
  • hydrogen storage systems
  • integration

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