GENCOMM: GENerating energy secure COMMunities through Smart Renewable Hydrogen

Project Summary


GENCOMM will address the energy sustainability challenges of NWE communities through the implementation of smart hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The project validates the maturity of hydrogen technologies by implementing 3 pilot plants that link 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 (DST) 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 General Objective

GENCOMM aims to technically and financially validate the renewable H2 value chain and adapt it to a 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 Specific Objectives

  1. Empower communities to implement hydrogen-based energy matrixes to sustainably satisfy their energy 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.

Next Events: Open session, France, 17th October 2018

GenComm Associated Partner meeting #6

  • Open Session
  • Date: 17th October 2018
  • Venue: Hôtel de Région, Hémicycle, Rouen, France
  • More information to follow 

Associated Partner Workshop Saarbrücken: December 14, 2017

GENCOMM Official Launch: September 13, 2017

GENCOMM Official project launch took place on Wednesday 13th September 2017, at the Belfast Met e3 Campus in Belfast. We were privileged to have the Honourable Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr. Nuala McAllister in attendance, together with keynote speaker Dr. Michel Junker. There were approximately 100 attendees at the event including those representing Regional Authorities, Enterprise Development Agencies, Utility Companies, Academia and Community Groups.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Belfast Metropolitan College Paul McCormack 398 Springfield Road
BT12 7DU
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
Viridian Energy Supply Limited Mark Welsh United Kingdom
Williams Industrial services John Bell United Kingdom
Pure Energy Centre Elizabeth Johnson United Kingdom
National University of Ireland Galway Rory Monaghan Ireland
IZES gGmbH Bodo Groß Germany
ENSICAEN Federico Azzolina-Jury France
INSA Rouen Normandie Isabelle Polaert France
TK Renewables Gerry McGuckin United Kingdom
BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Francesco Contino Belgium

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