Researchers from the University of Glasgow are lending their support to a new project which aims to help enable the future take-up and integration of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels, to support the UK’s climate change ambitions and for a strategic roadmap for the country’s hydrogen economy.

Professor David Flynn, of the James Watt School of Engineering, is leading the University’s contribution to a new national consultation on hydrogen integration coordinated by Newcastle University.

The project is one of a pair which have received £615,000 in funding from The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Senior researchers based at the University of Bath and the Newcastle University will lead multidisciplinary teams tackling the research and systems integration challenges blocking the wider use of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels in the UK.

Hydrogen and hydrogen-based, low-carbon liquid fuels – such as ammonia – are essential for the UK to reach net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

Both coordinators will work for six months from 1 April 2022 and use this time to build high-impact, multi-disciplinary, multi-site teams, with the aim of building longer-term research alliances.

Newcastle University’s project, led by Professor Sara Walker, will focus on the role of these fuels in the net zero transition by in providing connectivity and flexibility across the energy system.

Bringing expertise in energy systems integration, Professor Walker aims to analyse the landscape, the challenges and the demand for these fuels, to identify viable investment priorities.

The research team aims to deliver a fundamental shift in the critical analysis of the role of hydrogen in the context of the overall energy landscape, by using digital and virtual engagement across stakeholders to bring fresh perspectives on future hydrogen pathways through the creation of robust analytical tools, relationship building, webinars, and focus groups.
Professor Flynn said: “I’m pleased to be lending my support to this project, which has the potential to make a major impact on how the UK makes an inclusive, sustainable and timely transition to net-zero.

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