Central-place theory and the key to hydrogen dominance

Marchetti C (1988). Central-place theory and the key to hydrogen dominance. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 13 (12): 725-728. DOI:10.1016/0360-3199(88)90032-8.

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Abstract

Central-place theory plays a crucial role in interpreting the spatial organization of human activities. Simply, it states that there is a break even between the advantages of concentrating more and more production and processing in one area and the costs of spreading the products further and further away. The balance between these gains and costs fixes the size of production units and their market areas, which finally appear as a roughly hexagonal checker board. A critical parameter is the “transportability” of the product. Low transportation costs favor large production units and large captive areas. Hydrogen, with its low transportation costs, as a gas or as a liquid (LH2), is ideally suited as an energy vector for very large nuclear or fusion primary energy generators.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy Program (ENP)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 09:06
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2016 09:06
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/12569

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