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Reference Number EP/X038823/1
Title Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transitions Hub (HI-ACT)
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research (Energy Models) 5%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research (Energy system analysis) 20%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (Hydrogen) 60%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research (Energy Economics) 5%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research (Environmental, social and economic impacts) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr SL Walker
No email address given
Fac of Engineering and Environment
Northumbria University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2023
End Date 31 May 2028
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £10,675,390
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Energy and Decarbonisation
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr SL Walker , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (99.985%)
  Other Investigator Professor A Choudhary , Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr C Crivellaro , Sch of Computin, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Prof PE (Paul ) Dodds , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (0.001%)
Dr D Flynn , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr A Foley , Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Dr A Hawkes , Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor K Henwood , Sch of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr M A Imran , Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR), University of Surrey (0.001%)
Dr Y Lu , Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
Dr T (Tapas Kumar ) Mallick , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr M Qadrdan , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr D Rooney , Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Professor G (Goran ) Strbac , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr D Wu , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr J Wu , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
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Abstract Hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels (HALF) have an essential role in the net-zero transition by providing connectivity and flexibility across the energy system. Despite advancements in the field of hydrogen research both in the physical sciences and engineering, significant barriers remain to the scalable adoption of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuel technologies, and energy services, into the UK's local and national whole system infrastructure. These are technical barriers, organisational barriers, regulatory and societal barriers, and financial barriers.There are, therefore, significant gaps between current levels of hydrogen production, transportation, storage, conversion, and usage, and the estimated requirement for achieving net-zero by 2050. To address this, our proposed research programme has four interlinked work packages.WP1 will develop forward-thinking HALF technology roadmaps. We will assess supply chain availability and security. Selected representative HALF use cases will be used to identify and quantify any opportunities, risks and dependencies within a whole systems analysis. We will also develop an overarching roadmap for HALF system integration in order to inform technology advancement, industry and business development, as well as policy making and social interventions.WP2 will improve HALF characterisation and explore urgent new perspectives on the energy transition, including those related to ensuring resilience and security while also achieving net-zero. We will contrast the energy transition delivered by real incentives/behaviour versus those projected by widely-used optimisation models. The WP provides the whole systems modelling engine of the HI-ACT Hub, with a diverse array of state-of-the-art tools to explore HALF integration.WP 3 will explore the vital coupling of data and information relating to whole system planning and operational decision support, through the creation of a cyber physical architecture (CPA). This will generate new learning on current and future opportunities and risks, from a data and information perspective, which will lead to a whole system ontology for accelerated integration of hydrogen technologies.WP 4 considers options for a future energy system with HALF from a number of perspectives. The first is to consider expert views on HALF energy futures, and the public perceptions of those views. The second perspective considers place-based options for social benefit in HALF energy futures. The third perspective is to consider regulatory and policy options which would better enable HALF futures.Embedded across the research programme is the intent to create robust tools which are investment-oriented in their analysis. A Whole Systems and Energy Systems Integration approach is needed here, in order to better understand the interconnected and interdependent nature of complex energy systems from a technical, social, environmental and economic perspective.The Hub is led by Prof Sara Walker, Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, supported by a team of 16 academics at a range of career stages. The team have extensive experience of large energy research projects and strong networks of stakeholders across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They bring to the Hub major hydrogen demonstrators through support from partners involved in InTEGReL in Gateshead, ReFLEX in Orkney, and FLEXIS Demonstration in South Wales for example. We shall engage to create a vibrant, diverse, and open community that has a deeper understanding of whole systems approaches and the role of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels within that. We shall do so in a way which embeds Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the approach. We shall do so in a way which is a hybrid of virtual and in-person field work consultation and develop appropriate digital tools for engagement
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