The recent Annual Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Conference, which took place in Dundee, highlighted the substantial progress being made in relation to the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells. It also underlined the importance of NEL’s on-going focus on this technology sector.
“The conference confirmed our belief that, as hydrogen projects start to become more than just ‘demonstration projects’, recognition of the need for metering is starting to occur,” says Head of R&D, Martin Hanton who attended the conference, along with Project Engineer, Marc MacDonald. “This is something we will be developing more strongly with industry in the coming months and years.”
“Our interest in this area aligns with the UK government’s Industrial Strategy,” adds Marc. “We participated in the conference to get a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved. It also provided a great opportunity to catch up with old contacts in this field and to make new ones.”
“There are a lot of exciting developments in the industry and these show how new technology is being implemented,” Marc says. “For example, we heard about renewable energy projects in the Orkney Islands that are using electrolysers to generate hydrogen. This hydrogen is then used to power vehicles and the ferries that sail between the islands.”
“A number of people at the conference highlighted metering concerns, especially for fiscal applications,” Marc continues. “For example, the gas network company SGN said that they recognised the need for metering in relation to hydrogen transport and to highlight leakages. In addition, the European Marine Energy Centre, which is doing a lot of work in Orkney, have started to consider where they should use meters in their systems.”
“Overall, the conference showed the high levels of support there is for hydrogen as a fuel, both from the government and large companies, and that there is significant research and investment going on.”
For more details, contact Marc MacDonald.
31 October 2018