2021 – Energy Storage & the Role of Hydrogen

2021: Energy storage & the role of hydrogen
For nett zero carbon emissions

Date:Wednesday 17th November 2021
Time:18:45-21:00 GMT
Downloads:2021 EMSTA Seminar Flyer
Access to the Seminar:Booking is closed.
Synopsis:To help combat climate change, the UK has committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Good progress is being made to decarbonise generation of electricity using renewable energy from wind and photovoltaics. However renewable energy is intermittent so storage is needed for when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, and that’s the key attraction of hydrogen. Also emissions from transport and heating buildings have yet to reduce, so a zero carbon energy solution is needed to decarbonise them.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are one answer. They are starting to compete with fossil-fuelled cars and light goods vehicles, but the weight of batteries makes long range and heavy loads difficult. Also, it takes far too long to refuel a BEV. Hydrogen fueled vehicles are another answer: they can be refueled in the same time as fossil-fueled vehicles.

Trials have started on the use of Hydrogen to replace some or all of the natural gas in the gas mains and used to heat homes and for cooking.

After the Welcome from Professor Quintin McKellar, University of Hertfordshire, the Seminar Chairman, Dr Colin Brown, Former Chief Executive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, introduced the Session and Speakers.

In his opening talk, Hydrogen Research – energy transition and large scale testing, Andrew Cummings presented an overview of the hydrogen research ongoing at DNV Spadeadam Engineering and Research, including methods used to generate Hydrogen, its important role in energy transition, and the use of Hydrogen for domestic heating.

Marcus Taylor’s paper, Hydrogen in Transport, presented the latest developments and future projections for hydrogen, not only in road transport, but also in rail, shipping and aviation.

In the final paper, Long, Medium & Short Duration Energy Storage, Simon Bailey showed how a combination of short and medium duration storage may be usefully implemented to balance the daily load curve on the demand side, while at the same time balancing intermittent renewables generation on the supply side. Long duration storage comprising both hydrogen storage and pumped hydro, may be used to effectively balance intermittent renewables ‘when the wind doesn’t blow’ or the ‘sun doesn’t shine’.
This on-line seminar was the twenty-second annual prestige seminar organised by EMSTA CIC as a joint event with the Satcoms Innovation Group and various professional engineering and science Institutions.

Speakers' Biographies and Additional Information...

Open Forum:An important element of the prestige seminar was the final chaired discussion when the audience was able to put forward their questions to the speakers.
Introduction and Presentation of Arkwright Award
Speaker 1 – Andy Cummings
Speaker 2 – Marcus Taylor
Speaker 3 – Simon Bailey
Q&A Session