GenComm's Second SMART H2 Webinar Scheduled for April 15

The second webinar in the GenComm Spring '21 Series SMART H2 on April 15 will focus on hydrogen supply and demand with key speakers from Energia, Wrightbus and Echelon Data Centres. The webinar will cover how to optimize GreenH2 to deliver increased benefits across the hydrogen value chain, accelerating cost reductions for hydrogen production, transmission, distribution, retail, and end applications.

The April 15 webinar will be introduced by GenComm Project Coordinator Paul McCormack. McCormack stated, "We have a fantastic line up of speakers for this webinar who will cover the green hydrogen value chain from 'wind to wheel' including mobility and industrial use. The speakers will cover the innovation pathway of production and use of this zero carbon fuel as part of our energy transition journey, outlining how hydrogen is revolutionizing our energy matrix and helping us to continue our journey to net zero C02. True energy innovation is about developing and delivering sustainable solutions that meet community and environmental need. As part of the GenComm work in generating energy secure communities, GenComm are optimizing solutions with SMART H2 to meet the twin goals of achieving energy security and sustainability.'

Robert Best, the Director of Engineering at the Wrightbus will speak on 'H2 Mobility' at the virtual event.  The Ballymena company hit the headlines on March 22 when the UK government announced a £54 million package for projects including hydrogen fuel cell for buses. A total of £11.2 million was announced to develop and manufacture low cost hydrogen fuel cell technology for buses and to create a local hydrogen centre of excellence with Wrightbus in Ballymena.

The UK Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said, "As we look to reduce our carbon emissions, strive towards our net-zero goals and level up right across the UK, the whole transport sector will need to embrace new innovative technology such as green hydrogen and these projects are a fantastic example of doing just that."

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis said, "Northern Ireland and the local economy thrives on innovation, manufacturing and technological advancements, leading the charge in allowing us to reach our ambitious goal of a net zero future by 2050.

"With a landmark investment of £11.2 million this will enable Wrightbus to become a center of excellence for zero-emission technology in the heart of Ballymena”

In relation to this Simon McCormick, Chief Technical Officer at Echelon Data Centers will speak on 'Hydrogen Powering Data Centres'. McCormick has managed and delivered data center projects in Ireland, Europe and the Middle East for a variety of cloud service providers and enterprise end users. McCormick joined Echelon after four years at a global engineering firm where he was part of the data center leadership team.

A third speaker on April 15 is Mark Welsh, the Energy Services Manager at GenComm partner Energia who will speak on 'Green H2 Supply'. Welsh stated, "This webinar also examines how hydrogen generation and supply can  meet mobility needs and also how it can be optimized to meet energy demands showing innovation in action."

April 15 Agenda

10:00 - 10:10: Introduction, SMART H2, Paul McCormack, Belfast
                                   Metropolitan College & GenComm

 10:10 - 10:30: Green H2 Supply, Mark Welsh, Energia

 10:30 - 10:50: H2 Mobility, Robert Best, Wrightbus

 10:50 - 11:10: Hydrogen Powering Data Centres, Simon McCormick,
                                  Echelon Data Centres

 11:10 - 11:30: Q&A



Photo: Mark Welsh and Paul Mc Cormack with Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon.

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