Hydrogen tech to be showcased as Belfast Met hosts part of WorldSkills UK 2022 National Finals

  • There will be a special hydrogen presentation as part of World Skills UK National Finals. Over two days, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November 2022 there will be two 2 hour sessions each day with an introduction by Chris Corken Head of School of Engineering and Construction at Belfast Metropolitan College.

    Looking forward to the event, Michelle Devlin, Assistant Director of Curriculum, Belfast Met said: “We are delighted to welcome the collaborative partnership of Translink, Northern Regional College and Belfast Met in demonstrating Hydrogen technologies at the WorldSkills UK National Finals. This showcasing event will take place on the 16th and 17th of November in our Titanic Quarter campus. Visitors will have the opportunity to view these emerging technologies with demonstrations of the hydrogen model car and observations of Translink’s Hydrogen bus."

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    500 finalists are taking part in more than sixty skills competitions in six venues across the UK with Belfast Met being one of them. The Met’s Titanic Quarter campus will hold the WorldSkills UK National Finals in 4 vocational areas: hairdressing, culinary arts, patisserie and restaurant service. 32 competitors will take part in competitions from 15 November to 18 November with the results being announced on the tv show, ‘Steph’s Big Lunch’ on 25 November.

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    Ben Johnston, Chemistry Lecturer at Belfast Met who is presenting on the day said: “The Hydrogen Training Academy joint project involving NRC and Belfast Met aims to prepare employees in the motor vehicle and plumbing sectors for a future in which hydrogen will help to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. Modern boilers and hydrogen fuel cells in motor vehicles are a massive leap forward for the green energy sector.”

    Chris Corken, Head of School of Engineering and Construction at Belfast Metropolitan College welcomed the event saying: “Belfast Met have been working with others including Belfast City Council, Mid & East Antrim Council, Northern Regional College, Wrightbus, Energia, QUB, UU and other EU wide academic and industrial partners to develop a full curriculum in the skills necessary for the entire hydrogen value chain. “

    A packed schedule at the event includes lectures, demos, vehicle experiments and a bus tour.

    Source: Written from press release

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