The expansive growth in hydrogen opportunities is also demonstrating the increased need to connect hydrogen production facilities with when, and where the hydrogen can be used, including in vehicles. Georgia Tech's expertise is addressing the technologies and logistical frameworks needed for hydrogen separation, storage, and transport that are efficient and cost-effective.
Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCL) is focusing more attention and research on the topic of hydrogen storage and transport. SCL is an interdisciplinary research center and the largest research, education, and outreach organization in the US dedicated to advancing national and global supply chain performance by leveraging emerging capabilities in areas such as systems engineering, energy science, optimization, and artificial intelligence. SCL has operated for over 30 years, engages over 100 faculty in all six Colleges at Georgia Tech and many more throughout the world, and is anchored in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ranked #1 for 32 years in a row).
SCL Researchers work with a wide range of industry partners including petroleum companies, port authorities, rail/truck/air/parcel carriers, logistics services providers, energy utilities, and numerous industrial and consumer products manufacturers and retailers. This breadth of experience positions SCL well for addressing H2 freight network design and operations by calling on concepts and approaches used across multiple industries.
Freight transportation and storage research and education are central to SCL’s mission. Current investigations include the following:
- Net-zero emissions freight systems – addressing both the energy science and systems engineering of achieving net-zero emissions in freight movement
- Multimodal, multi-tier freight network design, and dynamic omnichannel material and equipment deployment
- Dynamic route optimization under uncertain supply and demand conditions
- Design and implementation of paradigm breaking global freight flow systems leveraging hyperconnectivity, standardized smart containerization, and other techniques, in line with the physical internet– a global initiative founded by SCL Director Benoit Montreuil – toward enhanced efficiency, capabilities, resilience, security, and sustainability
- Application of eco friendly, connected, autonomous transport vehicles within freight networks
In recent years, SCL Director Benoit Montreuil has been engaged in an international project on the future roles of ports in the Physical Internet (PI). A significant part of the project, in collaboration with the port of Groningen in the Netherlands, was related to multimodal H2 transportation. Also, a related SCL educational component incorporated PI concepts on an industry case of H2 transportation through France.