Hydrogen Triple Alliance Webinar Will Take Place February 18th

The Community Hydrogen Forum (CH2F) is the starting point for the meaningful engagement, information and discussions on February 18th.With an international line up of speakers the webinar is aimed at opening the doors onto the Hydrogen economy informing and stimulating discussions on how hydrogen can incrementally decarbonize our energy use spectrum. The webinar will begin to articulate the use of hydrogen for transport use, land, sea and air. It is widely agreed that GreenHydrogen is a versatile fuel that offers a path to sustainable long-term economic growth. It is a carbon-free solution in our battle to tackle climate change while developing new commercial opportunities for our industries.
Hydrogen Triple Alliance Webinar Will Take Place February 18th
Ian Williamson

The first speaker in the webinar will be from the Canary Islands, Spain, Irene García Fernández from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables (ITER) Institute of Technology and Renewable Energies). She will address the topic of ‘Zero Emission Road Transport’. García Fernández is a graduate in Biology from the University of La Laguna (Tenerife). With more than four years of experience in communication and awareness in the field of renewable energies, she is in charge of the ITER’s dissemination facilities. She has participated in various national and European projects, mainly in communication and awareness activities.

The second speaker is Avril Ni Shearcaigh from the Aran Islands Energy Co-Operative. Shearcaigh will speak on ‘Sustainable Maritime Transports’. She is the manager of Comharchumann Fuinninmh Oileain Arann Teo, (Aran Islands Energy Co-Op). The energy co-op aims to make the Aran Islands self-sustainable and carbon neutral by 2022. They are a community owned energy co-operative on the Aran Islands in the mouth of Galway bay. The residents of the three islands are working towards becoming self-sufficient in locally generated renewable energy and free of dependence on oil, coal and gas by 2022.

The third speaker is the leader of the GenComm Technical Work Package Ian Williamson, who will speak on ‘The opportunity for low carbon air transport’. Williamson runs an energy consultancy business based in the UK called ‘Hy Energy’ and acts as a business development director for companies finding their initial business in Europe and the UK. HyEnergy brings sector expertise to various EU funded projects such as SeaFuel and Gencomm and prepares proposals for consortia, such as the first ever hydrogen valley project funded by the FCH JU - the HEAVENN project. The company expanded its operations to the Netherlands last year.

Williamson has over 30 years’ experience in industrial gases, primarily in the hydrogen energy sector having worked for Air Products. He has also been CEO  of one of the few British fuel cell companies, AFC Energy, so he has wide ranging hydrogen supply and application expertise. Ian has been president of the European Hydrogen Association for the last 10 years.

The fourth speaker is Galway based Dr. Rory Monaghan, who will speak on ‘The Community Hydrogen Forum, CH2F’.  Monaghan is the Lecturer of Energy Engineering in the School of Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway). He is the Lead of the Energy Research Center in the NUI Galway Ryan Institute, a Funded Investigator in MaREI, the SFI Research Center for Energy, Climate and Marine, and the Director of the Energy Engineering Program at NUI Galway. Rory has been researching hydrogen and fuel cells since 2003, when he commenced his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rory currently leads the Long-Term Effects work package of the €9.3 million GenComm project, which is funded by the EU Interreg North West Europe Programme. He was commissioned by the Department of the Economy to prepare the Think Piece on Hydrogen Opportunities for Northern Ireland.

Concluding the webinar, the three Interreg directors will speak jointly on the topic of ‘Collaborating to meet Europe’s energy challenges’. This Hydrogen Triple Alliance webinar focuses on the three projects that make up the Triple Alliance, namely, GenComm, HUGE and SeaFuel.

The alliance will integrate their resources to extend the reach of the Community Hydrogen Forum(CH2F),to share expertise and amplify the different resources developed in the projects, and most importantly, deliver enhanced benefits for European communities.

Paul Mc Cormack, GenComm Program Manager, said, “In order to make a just transition to a new green energy solution we must endeavour to leave no stranded assets. It is vital that all are well informed and enabled to take full commercial, social and environmental advantage of this transition. As we map out the green energy cardinal points on the Zero C02 Compassand plan the hydrogen highway we must ensure there  are accessible on-ramps for all to join. The CH2F is the community on-ramp,  a forum for all to engage, be informed and plan their journey, importantly allowing people to appraise the opportunities for themselves.”

Pau Farras, coordinator of SEAFUEL, said, “The H2 triple alliance will go beyond the end of each individual project and provide a suitable platform for hydrogen knowledge exchange. “


10:00 - 10:15: The Hydrogen Triple Alliance - Introductory video.
                                 Welcome & Introductions, Paul McCormack, GenComm
10:15 - 10:35: Zero emission road transport, Irene García Fernández,   

10:35 - 10:55:  Sustainable Maritime Transports, Avril Ní Shearcaigh, 

10:55 - 11:15: The opportunity for low carbon air transport, Ian
                                  Williamson, GenComm, SEAFUEL

11:15 - 11:35: The Community Hydrogen Forum CH2F, Dr. Rory

11:35 - 11:45: Interreg Directors - collaborating to meet Europe’s
                                 energy challenges
11:45 - 12:00: Q&A

Click here to register for the upcoming webinar:  https://event.webinarjam.com/register/153/10088hwl



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