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Cost of hydrogen from electrolysis

Levelized cost of hydrogen and profitability chart

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Created by Jesse D. Jenkins, 7/30/20, and shared with no warranty as to accuracy! Use at your own risk.

Note that default assumptions should not be taken as any endorsement of the values by the creator of this tool.

This tool is intended for users to input whatever assumptions they would like and is not meant to constitute any specific analysis or findings.

Assumptions

Electrolysis cost $1,000 /kW asset life 15 years

Electrolysis efficiency (LHV) 72% cost of capital 8% (WACC)

Fixed O&M $30 /kW-yr

Note: for a useful discussion of EU hydrogen strategy, see https://www.oxfordenergy.org/wpcms/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/EU-Hydrogen-Strategy.pdf

Calculated values and constants

Electrolysis Annuity + FOM: Conversion factors:

$146.83 /kW-yr kWh/kg H2 33.3 MMBtu/kg H2 0.11

Levelized cost of hydrogen

Utilization rate 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%

Average cost of electricity cents/kWh "Gate" cost per kg of H2 (prior to transportation, storage, distribution)

0 $5.58 $2.79 $1.86 $1.39 $1.12 $0.93 $0.80 $0.70 $0.62 $0.56

0.5 $5.81 $3.02 $2.09 $1.62 $1.35 $1.16 $1.03 $0.93 $0.85 $0.79

1 $6.04 $3.25 $2.32 $1.86 $1.58 $1.39 $1.26 $1.16 $1.08 $1.02

2 $6.50 $3.71 $2.78 $2.32 $2.04 $1.85 $1.72 $1.62 $1.54 $1.48

3 $6.96 $4.17 $3.24 $2.78 $2.50 $2.32 $2.18 $2.08 $2.01 $1.94

4 $7.42 $4.64 $3.71 $3.24 $2.96 $2.78 $2.64 $2.54 $2.47 $2.41

5 $7.88 $5.10 $4.17 $3.70 $3.42 $3.24 $3.11 $3.01 $2.93 $2.87

Utilization rate 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%

Average cost of electricity cents/kWh "Gate" cost per MMBtu of H2 (prior to transportation, storage, distribution)

0 $49.12 $24.56 $16.37 $12.28 $9.82 $8.19 $7.02 $6.14 $5.46 $4.91

0.5 $51.16 $26.60 $18.41 $14.32 $11.86 $10.22 $9.05 $8.18 $7.49 $6.95

1 $53.20 $28.63 $20.45 $16.35 $13.90 $12.26 $11.09 $10.21 $9.53 $8.98

2 $57.27 $32.70 $24.52 $20.42 $17.97 $16.33 $15.16 $14.28 $13.60 $13.05

3 $61.34 $36.77 $28.59 $24.49 $22.04 $20.40 $19.23 $18.35 $17.67 $17.12

4 $65.41 $40.84 $32.66 $28.56 $26.11 $24.47 $23.30 $22.42 $21.74 $21.19

5 $69.48 $44.92 $36.73 $32.63 $30.18 $28.54 $27.37 $26.49 $25.81 $25.27

Cost of hydrogen from electrolysis
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Tags Hydrogen, Finance
Type Google Sheet
Published 21/10/2020, 16:53:45