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

  • Viridian Energy Supply Limited

    62 62 New Forge Land, Belfast,
    BT9 5NF
    United Kingdom

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  • Williams Industrial services

    10 Hydepark Rd, Newtownabbey
    BT36 4PY
    United Kingdom

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  • Pure Energy Centre

    3 Hagdale Industrial Estate, Baltasound,
    United Kingdom

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  • National University of Ireland Galway

    1 University Road

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  • IZES gGmbH

    17 Altenkesseler Str.

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    6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin

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  • INSA Rouen Normandie

    685 Avenue de l'Université - BP 08
    Saint Etienne du Rouvray

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  • TK Renewables

    52 Station Rd
    United Kingdom

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  • BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    VUB Vrije Universiteit Brussel Building Z, Pleinlaan
    1050 Elsene

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  • Belfast Metropolitan College

    398 Springfield Road
    BT12 7DU
    United Kingdom

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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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Belfast Metropolitan College

Lead Partner on 2 work packages Management and Communication. Project lead, management and administration, skills development and training. Core link with all other partners in the work packages and also linking in with associate partners in the UK in the public sector, communities and industry.

Viridian Energy Supply Limited

Energia will lead WP 7 project managing the planning, design, construction, testing and commissioning of large (500kW) hydrogen production facility pilot from wind energy. They will also have input in other work packages. Key expertise from Viridian includes renewable operations, energy trading and wind curtailment and modelling of the wind turbines.

Pure Energy Centre

Pure Energy are the Work Package lead for WP I3 the biogas/anaerobic digester to hydrogen pilot. They will deliver the design, supply and delivery of hydrogen system at a biogas plant site in the Western Isle

National University of Ireland Galway

NUI Galway will manage Work Package 8 "Long term Effects" They are the partner in charge of the delivery of the Decision Support Tool (DST). NUI Galway is a member organisation of MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland), a €30M Research Centre backed by industry partners and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Dr Monaghan will leverage his role as a Funded Investigator in MaREI to avail of expertise and synergies with other EU and industry-funded projects.


IZES will be the lead in WPI2 encompassing the SOLH2TRANSP route encompassing a pilot Solar-fueled H2 Refueling Station (HRS). The partner’s main role is then to examine and solve 4 different issues: [1] Validate renewable hydrogen production from solar power, [2] Quantify the power demand of a semi-autonomous HRS for hydrogen-fueled vehicles (HFCV), [3] Study the optimal capacities and operation parameters a commercial refueling station should fulfill to supply HFCVs and, [4] create the PPRM.


Expertise in catalysis and catalytic processes development for smart hydrogen processes. Methanation pilot development, pilot scale up in WPI1, and technical process modeling in WPT1. Economical analysis of methanation, financial implications, cost benefits, carbon savings calculations in WPT2 that will serve in WPLT assisting with the delivery of Decision Support Tool.

INSA Rouen Normandie

INSA Rouen Normandie have extensive expertise in implementing a new energy-efficient technical model, hydrogen based, including renewable sources (solar, wind, biogas), hydrogen production, storage and methanation. Expertise in catalytic processes development for methanation: pilot development, pilot scale up, technical and economical process modeling. They will work as a partner in WPI3,the biogas to hydrogen plant developing the methanation process as well as working on WP1, WP2 and WP3.

TK Renewables

TK Renewables will bring their mechanical, electrical and technical expertise to the project working with the partners. They will lead WP4 the Implementation Commercial package to develop and validate the market for the pilot plant outputs.

BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The BURN (comBUstion and Robust optimizatioN) joint research group is part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and contribute to this project as a partner involved in several work packages.

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