H2FC Supergen: Five Years Anniversary Celebration, Imperial College, 28th April 2017

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (H2FC) Supergen Research Hub has had its 5-years anniversary event to celebrate half a decade of achievements in H2FC research across 21 leading universities in the UK.

The day, which started with a buffet lunch, composed of  presentations, followed by a drinks reception.

Senior academics leading on projects in the areas of hydrogen production, storage and safety, SOFC and PEFCs, as well as energy systems, socioecomic and policy research, presented the key achievements and the real world impact made through the research funded and coordinated by the Hub in the last five years – also presented as the Five years of Impact Report. Guest speakers and the some of the Hub’s Industrial Advisory Board Members talked about the developments in the sector in the last five years, as shown by the programme below.

  • Prof. David Hart (E4tech) – Changes in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell landscape over the past 5 years – David Hart  – PLENARY Talk
  • Prof. Goran Strbac (Hubnet & Energy Storage Supergens), The role and value of energy storage and fuel cells for energy systems flexibility  – PLENARY Talk
  • Prof. David Hart (E4tech), A global overview of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector
  • Dr. Paul Dodds (UCL) – Insights and impacts from four policy-focused White Papers)
  • Marcus Newborough (ITM Power) – Developments in electrolyser technology in the last five years
  • Prof. John Irvine (University of St-Andrews) – Tailoring Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Prof. Ian Metcalfe (Newcastle University) – Developments in hydrogen production
  • Prof. Anthony Kucernak (Imperial College) – Progress in PEM Fuel Cells Research
  • Prof. Tim Mays (University of Bath) – Hydrogen storage using solid state materials
  • Dr. Subhasish Mukerjee (Ceres Power) – Development of Ceres Power’s Steel Cell Technology

Five Years

Unbelievable as it may seem, it has been five years since the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN was set up to help address the challenges facing the hydrogen and fuel cell sector in the UK. To celebrate this milestone, Imperial College will host an anniversary event on Friday 28th April to showcase half a decade of achievement in the H2FC research field. The H2FC Hub Management Board and other speakers will be presenting key research progress made in the area of hydrogen and fuel cells, illustrating the real world impacts of their work. The topics will range from developments in hydrogen production, storage and safety to SOFC and PEMFC advances, as well as the socioecomic and policy impact enabled by the Hub.

This event will also mark the launch of the ‘Five Years Impact Report’, which will be made available in hard-copy to attendees, as well as being put up online.

Tickets to the anniversary event are free, but spaces are limited so make sure you register your attendance in good time. To find out more details and to register your interest, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/h2fc-supergen-five-year-anniversary-tickets-31933448805.

Course on Fuel Cells at Imperial College: Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Fuel Cell Technology

11 – 15 July 2016


Fuel cells are an emerging technology, and are again becoming of interest to a wide range of companies and other stakeholders.  Imperial College has an international reputation across the fuel cell field, and can offer theoretical and experimental training in a wide variety of aspects of fuel cell technology, including underlying principals, technology status, and manufacturing, characterisation and testing methods. The course will be offered as five one day modules, which can be taken as one or more options.

Course Aims

Each day has a separate aims:

Day 1: Introduction to FC technology and current status

  • To provide a grounding in the underlying principals and theory of fuel cells
  • To provide an overview of current technology status
  • To describe the current and emerging role of fuel cells in the energy system

Day 2: SOFC processing

  • To introduce SOFC materials and designs
  • To provide an overview of processes used for SOFC manufacturing
  • To provide laboratory training in SOFC processing

 Day 3: Polymer FC processing

  • To introduce PEFC materials and designs
  • To provide an overview of processes used for PEFC manufacturing
  • To provide laboratory training in PEFC processing

 Day 4: FC characterisation

  • To introduce fuel cell characterisation and analysis methods
  • To provide laboratory training in selected fuel cell characterisation methods

 Day 5: FC testing

  • To introduce fuel cell testing and analysis methods
  • To provide laboratory training in putting together and operating a fuel cell test

Who Should Attend?

The course is designed for technical staff working in the fuel cell or energy sector, and for those interested in fuel cell application and development.

Course Method

The course consists of lectures and hands-on practical sessions.

Course Registration

  • Duration: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 days
  • Fees: £445 per day OR £1850 for all 5 days

Register Online here!

For any questions please contact: cpd@imperial.ac.uk

A successful H2FC SUPERGEN Researcher Conference (14-16th Dec) at the University of Bath

The H2FC SUPERGEN had its third annual Research Conference at the University of Bath from 14th to 16th Dec. The conference was attended by 125 delegates, with participation of 40 PhD students, 60 researchers/academics and 15 industry figures and government advisors working across the field of hydrogen and fuel cells.

The conference included insights on the future of the industry from key representatives working in government, industry and academia.

On the opening session of the conference Prof. John Loughhead (DECC’s Chief Scientific Advisor) presented the UK government’s plans for meeting the CO2 reduction targets, in light of the discussions held in Paris at the COP21 meeting in the days before the conference. Prof. Loughhead, drew attention the cost of expanding the energy electricity grid and the importance of having hydrogen in the power grid for peak demand and energy balancing. Kathryn Magnay (EPSRC, Head of the RCUK Energy Programme) presented the priorities and plans for the Research Council UK’s Energy Programme to tackle the Energy ‘trilemma’ of reducing carbon emissions, energy security and affordability. Kathryn Magnay reported that the EPSRC Spending Review, for allocating £6.4bn a year for research, resources and skills development, was under way and the results are expected to be announce early February.


This year we had two international plenary session speakers Prof. Bjørn C. Hauback (Institute for Energy Technology, Head of Physics Dept, Norway), who presented the latest developments and challenges in hydrogen storage research and the specific work undertaken by his group on solid state storage of hydrogen. Prof.Chang Soo Kim (from the Korean Institute of Energy Research – KIER) presented the developments and plans for hydrogen and fuel cell technology in South Korea, with examples of applications in different areas, as well as the the research being undertaken at KIER on fuel cells.


Other Plenary session speakers included directors and leaders of companies in the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell sector, who presented the work undertaken in their companies: Nick Van Dijk (ITM, Director of R&D), Subhasish Mukerjee (Ceres Power, Director, Fuel Cell and Stack Development), Ralph Clague (Intelligent Energy, Head of Systems and Architecture), Kevin Fothergill (Johnson Matthey, Commercial Director Non-automotive Business), Ben Madden (Element Energy, Director), Emma Guthrie (Air Products, Hydrogen Energy Systems, Business Development Manager) and Dmitriy Makarov (Ulster University, HySAFER centre, Hydrogen Safety & Storage). Presentation sessions on the themes of Hydrogen Storage, Hydrogen Production, Hydrogen Safety & Storage, H2FC systems, PEFCs, SOFCs and novel Fuel Cells ran throughout the 3 days.

This year we had a three minute thesis presentation competition (3MT) in addition to the poster completions, which we intend on having again in Dec 2016 due to keen interest from students who want to take part in the challenge to present their research in such a concise and engaging style. The poster and 3MT prizes were announced at the Conference dinner held at the historic Assembly Rooms in the Bath city centre.

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The conference which brought the UK H2FC community together had a lot of positive feedback for the quality of presentations. This conference which also provided a brilliant opportunity to network across academia, industry and government will be held again this year in December, the venue and dates will be announced in early spring 2016.

Northern Irish-Chinese Conference

21-22 April, 2016

Hangzhou, China

Registration £150 (£90 students)

The International Conference “Hydrogen Bridge: Safety of High-Pressure Hydrogen Storage” is organised by Ulster University (Northern Ireland, UK) and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), and will be held in Hangzhou. The Conference will bring together scientists and practitioners in the field of high-pressure tank design and manufacturing with emphasis on development of safety strategies and engineering solutions for hydrogen storage and applications.

The conference programme covers strategies and recent progress in safety of onboard hydrogen storage; recent achievements in thermal protection of composite cylinders; novel solutions to increase fire resistance beyond car fire duration; advances in modelling and simulation of composite tank performance under combined pressure and fire load; review and development of regulations, codes and standards; analysis of available thermal protection methods.

The conference programme, registration form, travel directions and other details may be downloaded at H2Bridge Conference programme.

Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership Annual Conference

Wednesday 4 November, 2015

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

The 2015 Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership’s Annual Conference will build on the success of the STEP Conference 2014, and help to further widen engagement and collaboration between STEP and air quality stakeholders. STEP is delighted to announce that the Cleaner Air For Scotland (CAFS) strategy will be officially launched at our STEP Annual Conference on 4 November 2015 in Edinburgh.

To find more, click here.

H2FC SUPERGEN Researcher Conference, Bath, 14-16 Dec 2015


Bringing together the entire hydrogen and fuel cell research community, inspiring collaborative research and driving innovation.

We are pleased to announce the H2FC SUPERGEN is holding a Researcher Conference from midday 14th Dec – midday 16th Dec 2015 at the University of Bath. In-line with the ethos of H2FC SUPERGEN, this conference endeavors to bring together the entire Hydrogen and Fuel Cell research community. Following the success of previous years, this conference, held at the world heritage city of Bath, will have presentations and posters from researchers in the field, with participation of key academics, industrialists and government/policy advisors working across the field of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. The conference will provide an excellent chance to network within the community.

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Hydrogen & Fuel Cell SUPERGEN Researcher Conference

University of Birmingham

Midday Monday 15th December – Midday Wednesday 17th December 2014


The UK’s first inclusive Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Network, H2FC SUPERGEN is delighted to call for abstracts for our annual ‘Researcher Conference’. Following the success of this event last year, the conference aims to provide a platform for PhD students, PDRAs, and early career researchers / academics to present their work through talks and poster sessions, alongside leading academics, and industrialists working in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell research.

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H2FC SUPERGEN Researcher Conference: 16th-18th December, University of Birmingham

We are pleased to announce the H2FC Supergen are holding a ‘Researcher Conference’ from midday 16th December-midday 18th December 2013 at the University of Birmingham.

The conference aims to provide a platform for PhD students and early career researchers to present their work through talks and poster sessions, alongside leading academics and industrialists. The conference, in line with the ethos of H2FC Supergen, endeavours to bring together academics, industrialist and those working in government across the field of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and will provide an excellent chance to network within the hydrogen and fuel cell communities.

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