Ian Wilkinson, our Chief Operations Officer will be speaking at the Engineering Challenges in the Hydrogen Economy 2023 conference next week, hosted by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. The event will be held in London on the 14th and 15th of March, with a full schedule of industry speakers and discussions on the future of hydrogen and how engineers can help achieve success in this sector.
The conference is an opportunity for engineers to identify challenges across the hydrogen value chain including production, distribution, storage, and utilisation. Hydrogen can be a useful part of the energy system, but engineers must understand the inherent challenges before it can be used effectively, and at scale, in a net-zero future energy economy.
Many of the workshops at the event are focused on case studies from mature projects addressing infrastructure challenges for production, storage and distribution as well as helping to identify bottlenecks and barriers in moving to a hydrogen economy.
When discussing the upcoming event, Ian said: “I’m looking forward to discussions around the development of commercial business cases for hydrogen and how we can deploy these at scale to build on the momentum we have seen in the industry. The scale of the opportunity in the hydrogen economy is vast and the engineering community holds the keys to unlocking it.
The line-up of speakers is superb – I’m keen to hear from such a diverse range of experts from across the spectrum of hydrogen applications. It’s hard to pick just one, and I am excited about the discussion that will arise during the networking breaks. A great opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with those with shared interests, and I’ll be particularly interested to hear others’ views on the commercial challenges around the hydrogen industry.”
Attendees can also develop an understanding of the utilisation across different engineering sectors including rail, heavy-duty, aerospace, power generation and marine. Leading experts in the field will share their experience and insight into gaps in the market and requirements for new technology as well as opportunities to collaborate on new projects.
Ian’s presentation at the conference will be focused on “Real-world challenges in the commercial delivery of zero-emission, distributed power from green hydrogen”.
This will include case study examples of how hydrogen is currently being used by companies including HS2, Balfour Beatty, National Grid, Uniper, BBC and Cadent Gas to provide zero-emission power to their projects.
He will also provide an overview of GeoPura’s fuel cell-based Hydrogen Power Unit as well as the challenges faced by our team in the scale-up and delivery of zero-emission power.
Find out more about the conference here: Engineering Challenges in the Hydrogen Economy 2023 | London (imeche.org)