GENCOMM is addressing the energy sustainability challenges of north-west European 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 north-west Europe 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, technical and financial simulation models will be developed. Together, these will form a Decision Support Tool that provides a roadmap for communities to transition to renewable, hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The final goal of the project is to lead north-west Europe towards sustainability while positioning hydrogen as a commercially viable energy medium. The project is funded by North-West Europe Interreg and will finish at the end of 2020.
SEAFUEL is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of powering local transportation networks using fuels produced by renewable energies and seawater, with no net carbon footprint. It covers technical innovation by the deployment of a demonstration plant, a framework for policy implementation and a sustainability analysis of production, distribution and usage of hydrogen as an alternative fuel in remote Atlantic regions. The energy required will be provided from renewable resources which are available across the Atlantic Area such as solar, wind and marine.
The project will deploy the first hydrogen fuelling station on Tenerife in the winter of 2019/2020 and is funded by Atlantic Area Interreg and is due to be completed at the end of November 2020.
NIH2 is a project dedicated to showcasing and proving the viability of hydrogen based public transport in Northern Ireland. The £4 million project, which features a total of £1.9 million of grant funding from the Hydrogen for Transport Programme (HTP), will oversee the introduction of a fleet of hydrogen buses built by Wrightbus, and operated by Translink. HyEnergy will provide hydrogen technology support and reporting services in the project.
HyEnergy’s CEO Ian Williamson (back right) with Northern Ireland Assembly Minister for Infrastructure, Nochola Mallon, Energia Group Chief Executive Ian Thom (front right) and Bill Ireland CEO of Logan Energy.
NIH2 also involves the construction of Ireland’s first hydrogen refuelling station by the Energia group in Belfast, adjacent from the Translink premises. The hydrogen supplied will be produced via curtailed energy from a local wind farm established under the GENCOMM project.
SOLAR2CHEM, which is run out of the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), is dedicated to supporting the required shift to a non-fossil economy by improving the viability of solar-based renewable technology in Europe. It will focus on addressing the intermittency and concentration issues that solar energy faces as well as the production of a range of chemicals relevant to mobility, agriculture and chemical industry.
An image showing the links between companies and organisations Solar2Chem is going to create.
HyEnergy will be participating as one of the 8 partner organisations helping to train the early stage researchers and will be using their hydrogen expertise to aid the rest of the project. The training provided will give the trainees with a high level of interdisciplinary knowledge of physical sciences and engineering, as well as employability and management skills.