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Reference Number EP/G037116/1
Title Doctoral Training Centre in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications
Status Completed
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen) 50%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 20%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 25%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor K Kendall
No email address given
Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2009
End Date 31 March 2018
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £5,542,953
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor K Kendall , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor B Pollet , South African Institute for Advanced Ma, University of the Western Cape, South Africa (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , C-Tech Innovation Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Nottingham (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Resource Efficiency KTN (0.000%)
Project Contact , Advantage West Midlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , ANGLE Technology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Areva (0.000%)
Project Contact , Baxi Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Teer Coatings Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Black Country Housing Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tempus Computers (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cenex (0.000%)
Project Contact , Florida Solar Energy Center, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fuel Cells UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , H2Renew (0.000%)
Project Contact , Katronic (0.000%)
Project Contact , Modern Waste (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rondol Technology (0.000%)
Project Contact , Biowaste2energy Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Opel, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Adelan Ltd (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The broad theme areas are Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, and the training will be interdisciplinary based on the skills and experience of the partners which range from Chemical Engineering (Prof Kendall), Chemistry (Prof Schroeder and Dr Anderson), Materials Science (Dr Book), Economics (Prof Green), Bioscience (Prof Macaskie), Applications (Dr Walker), Automotive and Aeronautics (Prof Thring) and Policy/Regulation (Prof Weyman-Jones). Training will also include industry supervision with the 23 companies which have signed up and overseas training with FZJ in Germany and University of Central Florida in the USA.There is an increasing demand for skilled staff in the field of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, which at present has no dedicated UK centre for training, disseminating and co-ordinating with government bodies, industry and the public. This contrasts with the establishment of Forschungszentrum Julich (FZJ) in Germany, ECN in the Netherlands, and Risoe Laboratory in Denmark. Large companies such as Johnson Matthey, Rolls Royce and Air Products have substantial hydrogen and fuel cell projects, with hundreds of employed PhD level scientists and engineers. Recruitment has been a problem in recent years since only a handful of British universities carry out research in this area. But, most significantly, a large amount of private sector investment has now been injected, especially on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in London, such that support to SMEs such as Ceres Power,Intelligent Energy, Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd, ITM, CMR and Voller has risen to several hundred million pounds, requiring hundreds of PhD recruits. Also, since the Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) has now been established in Europe, this 1bn Euro project will add to the very large research funding by organisations such as Siemens, GM, Renault, Ford, FZJ, EADS, CEA, Risoe, ECN etc. Several large centres for research and training exist in Europe, the USA and Japan and it is imperative that Britain increases its student output to keep pace
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