The project will demonstrate and promote the potential of storing surplus renewable energy as hydrogen, for a range of on-demand applications that require reliable, quiet, and very clean energy sources. The project will raise the profile of renewable, hydrogen and fuel cell technology by storing surplus renewable energy for times where renewable energy may not be available (i.e. insufficient renewable energy supply or peak demand), or for an application for which renewable energy may not be suitable (i.e. transport or uninterruptible power supply).
This ability to guarantee an energy supply enables renewably-generated hydrogen to be used for higher-value applications, creating a locally-generated and low carbon alternative to oil and gas; reducing future green house gas emissions and our reliance on imported energy from countries like Iraq, Iran and Russia.
To achieve its aims the project will work to: improve access to, and understanding of, the technology by key stakeholder groups; improve confidence in the reliability and robustness of emerging technologies through independent verification and testing; encourage future take-up of the technology by promoting its benefits; and support initiatives aimed at skills development and education.
The Energy Centre is dedicated in the memory of Sandy Macauley
(March 1957 to October 2006)
whose family unveiled the plaque on 16th November 2010.
‘May your legacy continue to inspire people’