Is there a New ‘Green’ Gas Market in the Pipeline?
Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) delivers seminars as dynamic as our industry and the Hydrogen seminar was no exception. The lively opening from Jonathan Buick was followed by guest speakers; Geoff Carragher, Terry Waugh, Patrick McCormack and Professor Vladimir Molkov.
Jonathan Buick, Head of Projects at Action Renewables, outlined the source and purpose of hydrogen in Northern Ireland (NI). The market developments required to advance a green gas supply chain, Jonathan explained, seem insignificant compared to the benefits and opportunities for the industry. Therefore, to advance biofuels in NI, a scoping study will be conducted to quantify the benefits of delivering an alternative fuel supply network in terms of emissions reductions, air quality, jobs creation and inward investment.
A scoping study will be conducted to quantify the benefits of delivering an alternative fuel supply network in terms of emissions reductions, air quality, jobs creation and inward investment.
Geoff Carragher, Co-founder and Director of Hydrogen Green Power, shared his passion for the accessible alternative fuel when he clarified how hydrogen is produced and collected from renewable generators currently in operation. The technicalities Geoff detailed, showcased the flow of this ‘lighter than air’ energy source from renewable electricity generation via electrolysis to hydrogen. Geoff was keen to highlight that this opportunity is open to off-grid turbines and that partnering with Action Renewables is a crucial step for independent generators who want to trade hydrogen across NI and Great Britain.
Addressing the audience next was Terry Waugh, Deputy Director of Action Renewables. Terry was pleased to tell the audience of a new EU project ‘SEAFUEL’, of which Action Renewables is an Associate Partner. SEAFUEL, aims to use the renewable resources across the Atlantic Area to power the local transport fleet and support the shift towards a low-carbon economy. Partners in the project include representatives from the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.
After the refreshment break, Paul McCormack, Programme Manager at Belfast Metropolitan College, took the lead to share recent developments from the GenComm project. This venture aims to generate energy secure communities by creating new models where electricity is generated remotely for our most rural populations. Paul adds that hydrogen could add significant value to the project, presenting a sustainable supply for remote communities in the north-west of NI.
Last to present, was Professor Vladimir Molkov, Head of Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre at University of Ulster. Vladimir discussed briefly, his team’s extensive portfolio of projects which have had remarkable results, some of which have contributed to European Guidelines and Commission Regulations. The research team have had a recent breakthrough in safety technology, Vladimir explained, developing explosion free fire composite tanks, which is some of the teams most notable work to date. His presentation made clear, the advancements in safety technology that will enhance a hydrogen energy market in NI.
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