The Belfast Met TQ campus was the final stop in the Planet Mark Zero Carbon tour of Northern Ireland. On October 1st, 2021 the Planet Mark team led by Andrew Griffiths, Director of Community and Partnerships met the GenComm team ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November. The PM team are collecting Zero Carbon stories from NI to tell at COP26. 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|
As the world seeks to address climate and biodiversity challenges and move to clean energy solutions for example, these will deliver impacts within the workplace. Read More
Dr Rory Monaghan, from GenComm partner NUIG will give a TEDx talk in Galway on November 11, 2021. The event will be live in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway. Rorys idea for the talk is based on the premise, Green hydrogen can be a West of Ireland solution to a global problem. Read More
GenComm is moving into the next phase of the project development and delivery. Having successfully secured additional funding from Interreg North West Europe under the Capitalisation Call, the project has embarked on a €2M GenComm+ phase from July 2021 until August 2023. Read More
Prof. Dr. Stefan Maas and his team, composed of Dr. Steffen Bechtel and Branca Delmonte, from the Department of Engineering at the Faculty of Science, Technology, and Medicine (FSTM) of the University of Luxembourg have joined the GENCOMM Project in July 2021. Read More
As the climate continues to change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions keep increasing, global warming effects become ubiquitous, pressing the need for more effective actions and further implementation of green energy technology. Read More
Monday July 19th 2021 was a pivotal day on Irelands path towards transforming our national public transport system for future generations. Read More
GUNAWAN, TUBAGUS, NUIG: I joined the GenComm project after completing my master's degree in energy engineering at the Technical University of Berlin in 2017. Read More
Dr Rory Monaghan from GenComm partner NUIG has been interviewed on Newstalk about new possibilities involving hydrogen. Read More
The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has just launched the Transport Decarbonisation Plan which has been welcomed by Paul McCormack, Programme Manager of the EU GenComm renewable hydrogen project. Read More
A new report by Julia Machado, MSC, NUIG, Brendan Flynn, PhD, NUIG and Ian Williamson, Hy Energy Consultancy.
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.
H2 Safety, analysis, measurements and applications
"H2 DXNET - Hydrogen injection into natural gas distribution networks."
We are pleased to announce that our HAZEL series of webinars will commence on 22 September.
"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.
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