Hydrogen Production, Grid Integration, and Scaling for the Future

Sam Sprik, Kylie Saddler, Kaz Nagasawa, Taichi Kuroki, Mayank Panwar, Rob Hovsapian, Brittany Westlake, Samantha Medina, Elizabeth Collins, Daniel Leighton

Research output: NRELPresentation


The Hydrogen Production, Grid Integration, and Scaling for the Future project will inform clean hydrogen production deployment across the planning, procurement, and operation stages of hydrogen production on the grid. Hydrogen production from renewables is a clean source of fuel which is near zero for greenhouse gas emissions and criteria pollutants. The results from this project will inform entities looking to build clean energy projects that produce good paying jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance and operation of these facilities. This project provides system characterization examples, multiple configurations, optimizations, and suggested metering and custody transfer points through multiple scenarios and hardware testing of NREL's state-of-the-art 1.25 MW polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzer system to characterize system performance in relevant scenarios. This work also creates a digital twin for emulation in the Advanced Research on Integrated Systems (ARIES) virtual environment and performs hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing of pilot-scale, decentralized, and centralized hydrogen systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR), 5-8 June 2023, Arlington, Virginia

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5700-86028


  • centralized hydrogen production
  • commercial hydrogen system deployment
  • demand scenarios
  • hydrogen grid integration
  • hydrogen infrastructure scale up
  • hydrogen production
  • system sizing


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