Alternative fuels: hydrogen

Hydrogen is fuelling the journey towards a cleaner energy future. 

 

A low/no emissions alternative to traditional fossil fuels, hydrogen has diverse applications for transportation, manufacturing, household energy, and other uses. It also represents a golden opportunity to maximise the benefits of investment in renewables like wind and solar (and address intermittency challenges) through its role as an energy ‘carrier’.

Why hydrogen?

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses

Using hydrogen as an alternative fuel source can deliver a wide range of benefits:

  • A low/no emissions profile, producing only water as a by-product when used in hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Capacity to amplify the positive impacts of investment in other renewables by capturing, storing, and distributing clean energy with an intermittent generation profile (wind and solar) outside of traditional grid systems.
  • Diverse applications as an alternative fuel, including for private and commercial vehicles, manufacturing, industrial-scale power generation, household energy, and more.
  • Capacity to integrate and be delivered in partnership with other energy investments. 
  • High potential for social and economic integration—for transport in particular, hydrogen fuel products have the potential to be distributed and consumed in a similar way to traditional fuels with the installation of the necessary distribution networks

Achieve your hydrogen goals

While hydrogen fuel is growing in popularity across many markets, understanding commercial viability, designing the right generation solutions, and driving its uptake within the broader energy landscape can be a challenge.

With decades of experience defining, and managing energy, transport, and other complex infrastructure initiatives all over the world, we bring a unique perspective on how alternative fuels like hydrogen can be delivered and integrated for commercial and environmental success.

Hydrogen tank storage system

Hydrogen expertise

We offer a range of strategic and technical consultancy services to hydrogen project investors, developers and governments, including:

Economic assessment and options analysis

How we help  

Drawing on the latest economic data and research, we develop valuable insights on the profile, performance and potential of energy markets, consumers and trends. We investigate and report on the benefits and challenges of hydrogen projects and provide independent evaluation to help you invest wisely in alternative fuels.

Due diligence and business case development

How we help  

RPS can help you to develop your hydrogen business case and project scope. We offer the advice and guidance you need to define what success looks like for your hydrogen project and develop a clear, well-informed plan for achieving your investment goals. 

Integration planning with other energy assets

How we help  

We support project proponents to capitalise on the opportunities that hydrogen presents to enhance other assets, in particular large-scale solar and wind. We can support with infrastructure planning and connections, development phasing, and much more.

Energy technical services – engineering and design, funding, delivery and operations advisory

How we help 

With a long history of work on some of the world’s most technically-complex energy projects, we support the development of smart energy assets and infrastructure. Drawing on years of experience working with clients to decarbonise their existing portfolios and explore new opportunities in renewables, we provide the technical support you need to invest successfully in alternative fuels.

Safety and risk management

How we help  

RPS offers a comprehensive range of safety and risk services to support alternative fuel generation, transport and infrastructure development. With a globally connected network specialising in health and safety practise and legislation, we shape opportunities for continuous improvement as the alternative energy industry evolves.

Policy advice

How we help  

We assist governments to create policies that encourage positive investment in hydrogen, while managing risk and balancing other economic, social and environmental priorities. We help communities create the right market conditions for alternative fuel uptake and hydrogen project success.

Site selection and planning

How we help  

As support hydrogen project proponents to make evidence-based decisions about site selection, and the integration of alternative fuel infrastructure within existing sites. We can help you achieve confidence in your assets’ location, define design criteria and accommodate environmental and operational constraints. 

Environmental permitting and compliance

How we help  

We guide clients to navigate complex environmental approval pathways that allow projects to deliver intended benefits while respecting the broader environmental context. Our consultants have extensive experience across many markets and can help you navigate the environmental permitting and compliance requirements for hydrogen projects at all scales.

Communications and stakeholder engagement

How we help 

RPS can help you gain support for your projects and engage meaningfully with stakeholders and end-users about the benefits of alternative fuels. Drawing on years of experience supporting communications and engagement on large-scale energy initiatives, we add value through communications strategy, community engagement, project branding, public relations, and more. 

Program and project management

How we help  

No matter the size of your business, or the scale of your investment in alternative fuels, RPS has management solutions and personnel to support you. From strategic advice on project methodology, benefits and integration, to value management, consultant engagement, and coordination, RPS can act as a trusted project management advisor to your organisation, or as a fully embedded member of your delivery team.

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