The 22nd World Hydrogen Energy Conference is in Rio de Janeiro from 18-21 June. E4tech Director David Hart will join fellow experts from around the world to assess progress and look forward. He'll be busy - presentations on the fuel cell and electrolyser industries, a plenary talk on Hydrogen Roadmapping, and plenary roundtables on energy systems models and on transportation. But he'd love to see you and catch up, if you're there. For more information about E4tech’s work in the fuel cells and hydrogen sector, click here.
E4tech with lead partners Element Energy conducted a study for the National Infrastructure Commission to examine the costs associated with different pathways to decarbonising heat in the UK. These pathways included electrification (heat pumps, direct electric heating), decarbonisation of gas (hydrogen networks, biomethane) and hybrid gas-electric approaches, supported by the deployment of energy efficiency, heat networks and biomass combustion. The cost analysis considered all levels of the energy system, from the building level consumer costs, through the distribution and transmission network, to the generation and raw resource costs.
The news on hydrogen for heavy duty vehicles and now trains seems to be running to a regular schedule. Almost every day news emerges of government appetite for electrification by means other than overhead wires, or of train builders planning new products. Train builder Alstom’s name recently joined the list of companies planning activities in the UK. A very timely event (click here for details) is being held in Edinburgh on 22 May to bring together the hydrogen and rail communities. E4tech is lead sponsor of the event, organised by European Policy Solutions, and Adam Chase (E4tech Director) will be speaking.
The new Fuel Cell Industry Guide from the Fuel Cells Working Group of the VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) will launch at the Hannover Messe (23-27 April). It shows how their members are positioned in the growing global fuel cell and hydrogen sector. E4tech contributed insight on global fuel cell markets. Join Dr Manfred Stefener, Chairman of the VDMA Working Group Fuel Cells, and E4tech’s Franz Lehner in Hannover for a discussion of the findings on Wednesday, April 25th at 12:00 in the Public Forum (Hall 27, Stand C66) of the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries.
E4tech recently completed a 2 year, £502k project commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), to understand the impact that pre-processing technologies could have on UK bioenergy value chains. The Techno-Economic Assessment of Biomass Pre-Processing (TEABPP) project was led by E4tech, working with Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), CMCL Innovations, Imperial College Consultants, Black & Veatch, the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds. The project assessed the circumstances when pre-processing can reduce costs, lower GHG emissions and/or increase efficiencies when considered as part of a whole bioenergy value chain converting Miscanthus, willow and short rotation forestry feedstocks into heat or power.