Hydrogen Research Programme

The Hydrogen Research Programme conducts research under the broad objective of “building business cases for a hydrogen economy”. It focuses on how the clean hydrogen industry can move from its current small scale, largely government funded projects to a scale where it is significant in the global energy system.

Markets and Demand

  • Policy and regulation to promote use of clean hydrogen
  • Comparative analysis across sectors and regions
  • Identify priority end uses and how to service them
  • Steps to enable downstream hydrogen investments


  • Policy and regulatory support mechanisms to drive infrastructure investments
  • Viable business models/investment case studies for investments along the value chain
  • Appropriate contractual models and financing
  • Comparison of approaches to hydrogen transport and storage


  • How to justify investments in GW scale production
  • Integration of production in specific supply chain
  • Comparison of alternative production approaches for clean hydrogen and derivatives


Head of Hydrogen Research

Bassam Fattouh

Research Fellows

Aliaksei Patonia

Martin Lambert

Visiting Research Fellows

Abdurahman Alsulaiman

Agnieszka Ason

Alex Barnes

Ali Abdelshafy

Hong Xu

Ralf Dickel

Simon Schulte

Stephen Craen








Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, UK (DESNZ)


Johnson Matthey






 The Hydrogen Research Programme welcomes expressions of interest from visiting researchers who are experts in and passionate about this research. For further information, please get in touch with Bassam Fattouh.

The Programme acknowledges the kind support provided by its Sponsors, without which this research could not be undertaken.

Latest Publications from the Hydrogen Research Programme

  • OIES Podcast – Aviation fuels and the potential of hydrogen

    In the latest OIES podcast, from the Hydrogen Programme, James Henderson talks to Abdurahman Alsulaiman about his latest paper entitled “Navigating Turbulence: Hydrogen’s Role in the Decarbonisation of the Aviation Sector.” In the podcast we discuss the current balance of fuels in the aviation sector, the importance of increasing efficiency of aero-engines and the impact […]

    By: OIES

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  • Decarbonizing Germany’s heating sector

    By its Climate Protection Act Germany is committed to net zero GHG emissions by 2045, implying zero emissions from space heating, a major part of final energy consumption. The present political discussion reflected in recent legislation is dominated by use of heat pumps and renewable power.  This approach risks to fail due to too slow […]

    By: Ralf Dickel

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  • OIES Podcast – Key Energy Themes for 2024

    In this latest OIES podcast James Henderson talks to Bill Farren-Price, the new Head of the Gas Programme, about some of Key Themes identified by OIES research fellows for 2024. After a review of the outcomes from 2023, we look at the oil and gas markets and discuss a common theme around the contrast between […]

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Latest Ongoing Research from the Hydrogen Research Programme

  • Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis of Introducing Hydrogen into Hard-to-Abate Applications

    This energy insight focuses on contextualizing and providing an environmental cost-benefit analysis of introducing hydrogen into existing hard-to-abate applications. It aims to evaluate economic and environmental implications and offer insights into the potential benefits and challenges associated with incorporating hydrogen as an energy vector in sectors traditionally difficult to decarbonize.

    By: Abdurahman Alsulaiman

  • Leakage Rates, Solutions, and Environmental Analysis of Hydrogen Supply Chains

    This research paper aims to collate and analyze diverse leakage rates associated with various sub-configurations of potential hydrogen supply chains. It will review potential solutions aimed at mitgating leakage rates within these chains. Additionally, the paper will synthesize the key environmental impact of introducing hydrogen into current emission-intensive applications, providing insights into the broader environmental […]

    By: Abdurahman Alsulaiman