Investing in the Hydrogen Delivery Infrastructure: Methodology for a Public Policy

  • Nuno Bento LEPII - Universite de Grenoble
Keywords: infrastructure, uncertainty, hydrogen,


Hydrogen and fuel cells are a radical innovation with great potential, but they are
currently surrounded by numerous uncertainties. It is argued that demand and
technological uncertainties are particularly important. An economic analysis is
performed for a hydrogen refuelling station to understand the way uncertainties
work. Even though the investment has a negative NPV today, it can be justified by
the option value given to the owner for the future. In addition, the profitability of
the station depends heavily on the demand; the evolution of which is still
unpredictable unless public authorities decide to create a stable early demand.