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Reference Number EP/P024807/1
Title Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Hub Extension (H2FC SUPERGEN)
Status Started
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen production) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen storage) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen transport and distribution) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Other infrastructure and systems R&D) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen end uses (incl. combustion; excl. fuel cells)) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Stationary applications) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Mobile applications) 10%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Other applications) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 60%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 10%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon
No email address given
Earth Science and Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2017
End Date 31 December 2022
Duration 68 months
Total Grant Value £3,373,117
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Professor R (Robert ) Steinberger-Wilckens , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Professor V (Vladimir ) Molkov , School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster (0.001%)
Prof T (Tim ) Mays , Chemical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Prof A (Anthony ) Kucernak , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor J Irvine , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Prof D (David ) Book , Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Professor IS (Ian ) Metcalfe , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor N ( Nilay ) Shah , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Prof PE (Paul ) Dodds , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ceres Power Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Intelligent Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cenex (0.000%)
Project Contact , E4Tech Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Arcola Energy Limited (0.000%)
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Abstract The H2FC sector is developing at a rapid pace around the world. In USA, Germany, S.Korea, and Japan, where the government has provided incentives or entered public-private partnerships, the uptake of FC technologies has been far greater than in the UK and is expected to grow, generating billions of dollars every year. In Asia, manufacturers will produce around 3,000 fuel cell cars in 2016 and around 50,000 fuel cell combined heat and power devices. Toyota alone expects to build 30,000 FC cars in 2020. Some hydrogen buses in London's fleet have operated for nearly 20,000 hours since 2011 and the city of Aberdeen runs Europe's largest hydrogen bus fleet, while individual stationary fuel cells have generated power for over 80,000 operating hours. The recently issued H2FC UK roadmap has identified key opportunities for the UK and areas in which H2FC technologies can have benefits. The H2FC SUPERGEN Hub seeks to address a number of key issues facing the hydrogen and fuel cells sector, specifically: (i) to evaluate and demonstrate the role of hydrogen and fuel cell research in the UK energy landscape, and to link this to the wider landscape internationally, (ii) to identify, study and exploit the impact of hydrogen and fuel cells in low carbon energy systems, and (iii) to create a cohort of academics and industrialists who are appraised of each other's work and can confidently network together to solve research problems which are beyond their individual competencies. Such systems will include the use of H2FC technologies to manage intermittency with increased penetration of renewables, supporting the development of secure and affordable energy supplies for the future. Both low carbon transport (cars, buses, boats/ferries) and low carbon heating/power systems employing hydrogen and/or fuel cells have the potential to be important technologies in our future energy system, benefiting from their intrinsic high efficiency and their ability to use a wide range of low to zero carbon fuel stocks
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