GENCOMM: GENerating energy secure COMMunities through smart Renewable Hydrogen

To facilitate the uptake of low carbon technologies, products, processes and services in sectors with high energy saving potential, to reduce GHG emissions in NWE

Project Summary

Project GENCOMM will address the energy sustainability challenges of NWE communities through the implementation of smart, hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The project certifies the commercial maturity of hydrogen technologies by implementing 3 pilot plants, linking the 3 main northwest European renewable sources, Solar Power, Wind Power and Bioenergy, with energy storage and the main forms of energetic demand; heat, power and transportation fuels. Based on the pilot plants; integrated technical and financial simulation models will be developed.  Together, both models will form a Decision Support Tool that provides a roadmap for communities to transition to renewable, hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The final goal of the project is, through the combination of sources and forms of demand, to lead NWE’s road to sustainability while granting hydrogen its position as a commercially viable energy medium for the future.

Project Objective

GENCOMM will technically and financially validate and model the renewable H2 value chain and adapt it to a Decision Support Tool (DST) that leads NWE communities into sustainable, local and autonomous energy matrixes. The DST is directed to community energy stakeholders (utilities, policy-makers and private firms in the energy sector), as the key agents to implement the proposed matrix. The project will first engage energetically and territorial remote communities to then address the rest of NWE.

Project Sub-Objectives

  1. Empower communities to implement hydrogen-based energy matrixes to sustainably satisfy their energetic demand.
  2. Stimulate the uptake of renewable hydrogen-based technologies by successfully running 3 demonstration facilities.
  3. Establish a strong group of energy stakeholders devoted to, through the use of hydrogen, “sustainabilise” the energy matrix of the NWE region.


The following chart links the Hydrogen Value Chain and the Project's work packages.




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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Belfast Metropolitan College 398 Springfield Road
BT12 7DU
United Kingdom
Name Email Country
Viridian Energy Supply Limited United Kingdom
Williams Industrial services United Kingdom
Pure Energy Centre United Kingdom
National University of Ireland Galway Ireland
IZES gGmbH Germany
INSA Rouen Normandie France
TK Renewables United Kingdom
BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium

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