Hydrogen Technologies are definitely the way ahead-Lord Provost


The Pure Energy Centre hosted  the 9th Gencomm Partner Meeting on 11th and 12th June 2019 in the European Energy Capital in Aberdeen.


On 11th June a full day was reserved for the Gencomm Partners. This meeting involved a whole day of discussions within the partnership, including updates and roadmaps for the next six months.


“It was a constructive and highly reflective day” said Paul McCormack, Programme Manager of Gencomm representing Belfast Met. He added: “The partners are working hard in order to ensure the best outcomes from the project and I can safely say that we have an excellent spirit of collaboration in the partnership.”


On 12th June a Green Hydrogen Public Seminar was organised by the Pure Energy Centre.  This public event was well attended and attracted a variety of speakers.  The seminar was opened by Councillor Barney Crockett, Lord Provost, Speaker of Honour, Aberdeen City Council, President HyER (European Association for Hydrogen and fuel cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions).



Lord Provost Barney Crockett said that he was convinced that Hydrogen Technologies is definitely the way ahead and he spoke about various projects involving Hydrogen Valleys, Heating and Maritime. He added: “It is great to see how more and more hydrogen projects are catching on. Gencomm is a well-organized project that will surely give its contribution to a greater integration of hydrogen and will contribute to increasing citizens' awareness of this powerful energy carrier.”



Other speakers included Alan James, Managing Director, Pale Blue Dot who spoke about Hydrogen CCS.  Christopher Pearson of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre also spoke about “Parallel paths to Hydrogen, opportunities and the future of integrated energy”.  Angus McIntosh, Director Future Energy with the Scottish Gas Network presented on “Hydrogen Vision” and the final guest speaker was Frank Roach, Partnership Manager of HiTrans who gave a talk on “Hydrogen Trains”.


In the second part of the sessions, Richard Brough, Development Manager, spoke about a unique opportunity , Hydrogen Eco-Home, which uses Pollywood natural technology. Dr. Venkatesan Krishnan, Senior Lecturer, Hydrogen and CCUS, Laboratory research to commercial technology at Teesside University described their work on taking novel hydrogen technologies from the laboratories to the commercial world and how the university is successfully defining new frontiers in this area.


Each Project Partner then had the opportunity to give a small presentation on the work that they are undertaking within the Gencomm Project.


After a quick lunch a tour of the Aberdeen Bus Project took place.  Gencomm Partners  visited the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project site.


The project is cofounded by High Vlo City and Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU). The project which consists of 1 MW H2 Plant, including H2 Production, buffer, compression, storage and dispensing system, is able to refill a fleet of 10 hydrogen buses.


The visit consisted of two different parts: a powerpoint presentation of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project with all the technical data of the plant followed by a tour of the hydrogen plant with a local guide.



Dr Daniel Aklil, CEO of Pure Energy Centre that hosted the two days meeting said: “It was a very positive meeting. Local authorities have welcomed the project and important ideas have emerged for future collaborations. We are all working well and the project is moving towards its final phase. We hope this project is a pioneer in the development of large-scale hydrogen.”



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