Realistic assumptions, both market- and technology-based, are critical to an accurate analytical study. DOE's H2A Analysis Group develops the building blocks and frameworks needed to conduct rigorous and consistent analyses of a wide range of hydrogen technologies.

Established in FY 2003, H2A (which stands for hydrogen analysis) brings together the analysis expertise in the hydrogen community, drawing from industry, academia, and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The foundation of H2A involves improving the transparency and consistency of analysis, improving the understanding of the differences among analyses, and seeking better validation of analysis studies by industry.

The DOE H2A Analysis Web site provides the latest information about program activities and the H2A production and delivery models and case studies. These modeling tools enable users to assess the cost of producing and delivery hydrogen. Case studies focus on a variety of hydrogen production technologies, including biomass, coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind/electrolysis, ethanol, and methanol.