Low-carbon technologies are being developed to address an urgent need to meet our energy needs while reducing the impact on our climate. Hydrogen offers a solution for cleaner energy production and the hydrogen economy is developing at an increasing pace. There is a need for more hydrogen production to support the decarbonisation of the national gas grid, manufacturing, transport and heat production.
The HyDEX partnership brings together a combined resource of around £55m worth of hydrogen demonstrator and research facilities across the Midlands region. Through the HyDEX activity and funding, these facilities are being made available to help businesses develop skills, products and services, accelerating the rapidly growing hydrogen economy.
The University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is working with Tyseley Energy Park and other partners in the Midlands to pioneer infrastructure solutions in renewable heat and power, energy storage, clean transport fuels in combination with advanced waste processing. The park features a hydrogen refuelling station, and HyDEX plans include the integration of an ammonia cracker.
A strong focus on local transport infrastructure supporting commercial fleet evolution will be supported with a new refuelling facility between Edgbaston and Tyseley.
Contact Dr Artur Majewski or Dr Yousif Al-Sagheer at the University of Birmingham.
Keele University is situated in North Staffordshire. The facilities at Keele offer an opportunity for businesses and organisations, to visit and learn about hydrogen implementation and operation particularly in high temperature manufacturing and heating applications.
Keele University is home to several leading energy-research projects, and leading expertise including:
- The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) exploring digital technologies and governance mechanisms to balance decentralised supply and demand.
- The HyDeploy project at Keele trialled the injection of hydrogen into the gas network displacing 20% of the gas used in houses, campus accommodation and university buildings.
- Keele Low Carbon Energy Park with 12,500 solar panels and two wind turbines generates around 50% of Keele’s electricity.
- Carbon Zero Rugeley as part of a consortium led by ENGIE to develop a Smart Local Energy System (SLES).
- POLKA, Pollution Know-how and Abatement focusses on technical problems unique to hydrogen combustion: thermoacoustic instabilities and flashback. The ultimate vision of POLKA is to create new physical insight and advanced simulation tools to underpin the development of hydrogen-fuelled combustion systems (gas turbines, aero-engines, boilers furnaces, etc).
Through the HyDEX project, Keele will draw on this expertise and infrastructure to produce green hydrogen on site using a PEM electrolyser during periods when there is an excess of energy production from the on site energy park.
Contact Julian Read at Keele for more information about the university’s hydrogen facilities.
The University of Warwick
The University of Warwick are exploring and demonstrating how to use renewable sources to produce hydrogen.
A new green hydrogen production system being studied has been found to be more efficient than current methods of hydrogen production. Evaluation of the technical and economic performance is a core theme in this work which will scale up lab-scale innovative green hydrogen production to full commercial scale.
Contact Professor Sai Gu at Warwick for more details about the university’s hydrogen facilities.
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If you are interested in finding out more about the HyDEX project, accessing facilities or discussing the skills needs in your sector, please get in touch.