The Techno-Economics of Hydrogen Pipelines

Volume 1, Issue 2
November 2021
By Mohd Adnan Khan, David Layzell, Cameron Young

The purpose of this ‘technical brief’ is to describe how to carry out techno-economic analyses for pure hydrogen pipelines, including their sizing, operating and cost estimating. The primary focus of this work is on the design and costing of pipelines transporting large volumes of hydrogen across large distances. However, the principles discussed here can be used to explore the cost of smaller, shorter pipelines to serve applications such as a fueling station or the blending of hydrogen into natural gas distribution systems.

About the Authors

Mohd Adnan Khan, PhD

Mohd Adnan Khan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta and the principal investigator for the Energy Transition Lab. He is passionate about renewable energy systems and contributing to developing a future hydrogen economy. Adnan has over 10 years of industrial and academic experience leading research teams across the material/ catalyst development value chain, reactor design, systems-level analysis (techno-economic and life cycle analysis), and commercialization. He has played critical roles in fostering industry, government, and academic collaboration. His research lab aims to develop and analyze novel materials, technologies, and credible transition pathways toward Net-Zero emissions for Canada. He works closely with government organizations and non-profits such as the Transition Accelerator to encourage the spin-out of consortium-led projects, get change moving on the ground, and help drive Canada towards a net-zero future.


David Layzell, PhD

Transition Pathway Principal

David B. Layzell is an Energy Systems Architect with the Transition Accelerator, a Faculty Professor at the University of Calgary, and Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research CESAR Initiative. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), a cross-faculty, graduate research, and training institute at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary, he was a Professor of Biology at Queen’s University cross appointments in Environmental Studies and the School of Public Policy), and Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change. While at Queen’s he cofounded a scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) for his research contributions.


Cite as: Khan, M.A., Young, C. and Layzell, D.B. (2021). The Techno-Economics of Hydrogen Pipelines. Transition Accelerator Technical Briefs Vol. 1, Issue 2, Pg. 1-40. ISSN 2564-1379.