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Techno-Economic Analysis and Reverse Engineering




Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Capability Expert(s)

Hanna Breunig (, Kriston Brooks (


Techno-economic analysis (TEA) is a methodology framework to systematically evaluate the technical and economic performance of a process. As such, it is essential for guiding research and development of hydrogen carriers as it can be used to determine and compare their commercial viability.

Once key system-level technical targets for end-use applications of hydrogen carriers are identified and modeled through TEA, reverse engineering can be applied to translate these targets into material property performance metrics to identify candidate structures with impact.


Currently available for use in collaboration with HyMARC.


In this schematic, experimental data from a MOF-5 is input into an adsorption tube model and supply chain model. The output of the analysis is system metrics including hydrogen cost, performance, safety, and regulations. These metrics also feed back into the models.

Example TEA for evaluating the technology status and cost of metal-organic frameworks for hydrogen delivery.


  1. A. Anastasopoulou, H. Furukawa, B. Barnett, H. Jiang, J. Long, and H. Breunig, “Technoeconomic analysis of metal-organic frameworks for bulk hydrogen transportation,” submitted (2020).