Low Carbon Research Institute - Developing Wales' Hydrogen Economy

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COMPLEMENTING Wales' new status as a low carbon economic area based on hydrogen technologies, the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) is supporting an exciting hydrogen project.

The project, led by hydrogen technology experts at University of Glamorgan in collaboration with engineers from Swansea University and material scientists from Bangor University, will develop knowledge about and instigate the industrial development and adoption of hydrogen technologies.

The project aims to act as a catalyst for the development of an internationally significant concentration of academic and industrial hydrogen expertise in Wales, forming part of a low carbon economy that brings environmental and economic benefits to the nation.

The promising areas where hydrogen could have substantial environmental and economic benefits include: More efficient management of existing and future renewable electricity generating technologies, such as wind, photovoltaic and marine, through the generation of hydrogen as an energy store during times of peak generation. This energy can then be released back to the grid on demand; Use of hydrogen (or hydrogen/methane blends) as a transport fuel to replace fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel; Generation of biologically derived hydrogen (and methane) gas by using sustainable organic resources such as crops, crop residues, industrial co-products and wastes, and recovering intermediates for use in manufacturing other low carbon products; More efficient generation of electricity and heat within a distributed grid system through the development and deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technologies (which are more efficient at generating electricity than traditional generators); Capture and utilisation of hydrogen rich industrial waste gases for use as fuel; Integration of hydrogen (and renewable The research generating methane) gas into the existing national gas grid. …