Master degree graduation assignment

Graduation Assignment
Required language
Dutch, English
Commences at
24 November 2023


Simulating the development of a green hydrogen value chain

Green hydrogen is increasingly regarded as key energy carrier in the decarbonization of the Dutch energy
system. The pathway of transitioning to green hydrogen by means of techno-economic performance indicators
( lowest cost price, LCOH, optimal configurations) has been given attention in preceding studies. Despite
optimization techniques yield valuable insights, socio-technical perspectives on the transition to green
hydrogen have been taken to a limited extent. However, the significant role that green hydrogen is expected to
play in the future energy system will most likely impact more systems than solely the technical and economic
systems. The shift to green hydrogen will for instance impact the business cases of stakeholders in the energy
sectors and beyond, as well as civilians who for example consume energy. This research analyses the
emergence of green hydrogen in the Netherlands and what this will imply for the socio-technical system.

Problem Statement:
Expectations of green hydrogen for the decarbonization of the Dutch energy system and consequently the
mitigation of climate change are high. Studies on the emergence of hydrogen are dominated by techno-
economic, optimization-oriented approaches, despite the transition will most certainly impact the social

Research Objective:
To investigate the emergence of green hydrogen in the Netherlands from a sociotechnical perspective.

Main research question:
What are the regulatory barriers and enablers in the transition to a green hydrogen value chain in Goeree-

Proposed methods:
Possible approaches are:

  • Agent Based Modelling to analyze the behavior of stakeholders in the green hydrogen value chain
  • Agent Based Modelling to identify the impact of the transition to the green hydrogen on the social technical system
  • Agent Based Modelling to identify potential points of conflict between the social and technical system of the value chain in the transition to green hydrogen
  • Agent Based Modelling to show the value of simulation techniques in hydrogen-related research compared to optimization techniques

University Supervisors:             Renske van ’t Veer ( ) , , Amineh Ghorbani, Zofia Lukszo
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