As all look to green mobility as part of the solution to decarbonise transport we must look to green solutions across the entire transport spectrum including marine transport. As such, Hydrogen could well be the fuel of the future for ferries that operate off two of the most scenic Irish islands. Both the Rathlin Island ferry, the Rathlin Express in Co Antrim and the Valentia Island car ferry in Co Kerry are ready to develop their services in a green economical journey together. Read More
GENCOMM: GENerating energy secure COMMunities through Smart Renewable Hydrogen
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
- Empower communities to implement hydrogen-based energy matrixes to sustainably satisfy their energy demand.
- Stimulate the uptake of renewable hydrogen-based technologies by successfully running 3 demonstration facilities.
- 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.
Viridian Energy Supply Limited
62 62 New Forge Land, Belfast,
10 Hydepark Rd, Newtownabbey
Pure Energy Centre
3 Hagdale Industrial Estate, Baltasound,
National University of Ireland Galway
1 University Road
17 Altenkesseler Str.
6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin
INSA Rouen Normandie
685 Avenue de l'Université - BP 08
Saint Etienne du Rouvray
52 Station Rd
BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
VUB Vrije Universiteit Brussel Building Z, Pleinlaan
Belfast Metropolitan College
398 Springfield Road
|Belfast Metropolitan College||
398 Springfield Road
|Viridian Energy Supply Limited||Mark Welshfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Hy Energy||Ian Williamsonemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Pure Energy Centre||Elizabeth Johnsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|National University of Ireland Galway||Rory Monaghanemail@example.com||Ireland|
|IZES gGmbH||Bodo Großfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|INSA Rouen Normandie||Isabelle Polaertemail@example.com||France|
|TK Renewables||Kieran Mc Laughlinfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel||Francesco Continoemail@example.com||Belgium|
The energy security question is being explored for two irish islands, Rathlin island in Co Antrim and Valentia island in Co Kerry. Read More
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In a unique combination three European hydrogen projects including the Belfast Metropolitan College led GenComm project are collaborating to form the ‘Hydrogen Triple Alliance’ which will further increase a green hydrogen transition across Europe and reduce carbon emissions on a much quicker timescale. Read More
The Rue Lighthouse on Rathlin has helped generations navigate their way to safety on the high seas. Now Rathlin is using the Rue and Valentia the lighthouse at Cromwell Point as beacons for journeys of a different kind. Read More
How the islands, Rathlin and Valentia, confronted with a number of energy challenges due to their specific geographic and climatic challenges are seeking to address the unbalanced seasonal energy demand ahead of the tourist season Read More
THE European Green deal can kickstart the economy post COVID argues spokesmen from two irish offshore islands. Read More
GenComm Programme Manager Paul McCormack and Dr Rory Monaghan from GenComm partner, NUIG spoke at EU Energy Week 2020 on June 25, 2020. You can watch their virtual presentations here. Read More
Co-ordinating an €9.4M international project with 10 partners spread all across Europe is difficult at the best of times. However, the current COVID-19 crisis suddenly brings a completely new challenge. Read More
This new report has been prepared by NUI Galway with partners Hy Energy Consultancy and DCU.
The new paper 'Decarbonising city bus networks in Ireland with renewable hydrogen' authored by Tubagus Aryandi Gunawan, Rory Monaghan, Ian Williamson and Diana Raine from the GenComm partners NUIG and Hy Energy respectively has been published in the Science Direct Journal.
An INSA authored paper produced in March 2019.
Proceedings from the HEEP Conference in Hungary in May 2019.
"Industrial Sector-Coupling using a Connected eH2 cycle"
Recordings from "Hydrogen getting the green light, driving Europe's green recovery" webinar - 1st July 2020, Virtual event
The webinar was introduced by Belfast Metropolitan College Innovation Manager Paul McCormack and the key industry speaker was Dr Iain Percy, Chief Executive of Artemis Technologies.
A Hydrogen and Alternative Low-Emission Fuels Seminar was held at Belfast Met’s e3 Campus on November 28, 2019. The Seminar provided information on a range of zero carbon and low-emission sources of fuel related to the Clean Transport Agenda. Leading representatives from a number of companies including Energia, Translink, Molgas Energy, CNG Installations were involved in the discussion.
The launch of the Community Hydrogen Forum was in Dublin at the GenComm Partner Meeting on October 21. The forum will also be the home of the Decision Support Tool.
GenComm Team Dr Rory Monaghan, Paul McCormack and Kevin Verleysen will present at the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. Their Session titled 'Green Hydrogen decoupling the European Energy Network' is scheduled to take place on 19 June at 09:00.
The GenComm Project Partners' Meeting in June 2019 was held in Aberdeen. Among the topics discussed was the possibility of a hydrogen economy.
A number of the GenComm partners attended the All Energy Exhibition & Conference in Glasgow. The event is the UKs leading renewable energy event. It showcases the latest technologies and services for the energy supply chain.
An event to show how Valentia Island can enable irish communities to make the energy transition
This unique launch event on a transformative low carbon project will include guests from business and academia institutions from across Europe.
INSA Rouen meeting at Region Normandie Council, France, October 2018
Newsletter 14-December 2020
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.
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 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
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:  Validate renewable hydrogen production from solar power,  Quantify the power demand of a semi-autonomous HRS for hydrogen-fueled vehicles (HFCV),  Study the optimal capacities and operation parameters a commercial refueling station should fulfill to supply HFCVs and,  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 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 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.
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.
Paul Mc Cormack, GenComm Programme Manager, +44 (0)2890 265076 PaulMcCormack@belfastmet.ac.uk
Anne Artt, GenComm Operations and Communications Manager, +44 (0)2890 265276 firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Smyth, GenComm Finance Manager, +44 (0)2890 265474 PSmyth@belfastmet.ac.uk
Mark Welsh, Energia
Elizabeth Johnston, Pure Energy Centre, Stornoway
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Dr Rory Monaghan, NUI Galway
Bodo, IZES gGmbH
Justine Delarogue, Eniscaen
Isabelle Polaert, INSA Rouen Normandie
Kieran Mc Laughlin, TK Renewables
Francesso Contino, University Brussel
Ian Williamson, Hy Energy, Berkshire, England