Autumn webinars to address importance of hydrogen energy

  • GenComm is hosting a series of five hydrogen-based webinars, centred on the work Belfast Met and its partners are delivering in the HAZEL portfolio of projects.

    They are timed to coincide with the launch of the EU Green Deal and aim to stress the importance of hydrogen as an energy solution in reducing the carbon footprint of industry, transport and heat networks across Europe.

    The work within GenComm and HAZEL is closely aligned with the aims and objectives of the EU, its Green Deal driving growth and recovery post-Covid.

    The opening webinar being held on Tuesday 22 September is being hosted by GenComm partner IZES and is titled, ‘Industrial Sector-Coupling using a Connected eH2 cycle’.

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    The speakers will be from the leading German companies BOSCH , IZES, the Federal State Ministry in Saarland, Germany and DCU (Dublin City University) in Ireland.

    Paul McCormack, GenComm programme manager said: “Our project explores the technical and commercial possibilities for hydrogen across Europe which is why we also look forward to hearing the thoughts of Dr Frank Kruchten from BOSCH.

    “The German engineering and technology giant fully acknowledge the importance of hydrogen to industry in 2020 and beyond. This is a rare opportunity to hear the thoughts of key players and industry leaders in the hydrogen debate.”

    Dr Frank Kruchten from BOSCH

    Agenda-Webinar One, September 22, 2020

    10.00-BST, Introduction, Paul McCormack, Innovation Manager, Belfast Metropolitan College
    10.05-BST-’Hydrogen Model Region-Federal State of Saarland’-Nicola Sacca, Federal State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Energy and Transport, Saarland, Germany
    10.15-BST-’GenComm Solar Powered Hydrogen Refuelling Station’-Dr Bodo Groz, IZES, gGmbH, Germany
    10.25-BST- ‘Industrial Sector Coupling using a Conneceted eH2 cycle’- Dr Frank Kruchten, Robert BOSCH, GmbH, Germany
    10.40-BST-’Hydrogen Scale Up, Where, When and How’-Dr James Carton, Chair of Hydrogen Ireland and Assistant Professor of Energy Sustainability and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Department, Dublin City University
    10.50-BST-Q & A

    Webinar #2 will be held on Tuesday 6 October and is titled, H2 Sustainability H2 DXNET-Hydrogen injection into natural gas distribution networks. The speakers will be from Gas Networks Ireland, USAAR and TU Graz.

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    Webinar #3 is on Tuesday 20 October and is titled, H2 Safety-practical and theoretical analysis of H2 loss through polymeric materials and development of a H2 sensor for the measurement of hydrogen concentrations in air in the ppb range and a theoretical model to describe the 3 dimensional transport in hydrogen. The speakers are from Mecadi, European H2 Association, CN-ITM and University South Wales.

    Webinar #4 is on Tuesday 3 November and is titled, H2 Application and usage, Hydrogen in a net zero energy system and H2 powered hybrid heat pumps. The speakers are from Energia, Ulster University, Energy Systems Catapult and AVL.
    Webinar #5 is on Tuesday 17 November and is titled, Marketable hydrogen innovations-entrepreneurship of innovation of energy carriers through academia and industry alliances. The speakers are from IECE Macedonia, Belfast Metropolitan College, Pure Energy Centre and NIC.

    For details on how to register and for further information, e mail the GenComm Programme Manager, Paul McCormack on

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