Professor Gavin Walker, University of Nottingham

Plenary speaker 4B: Professor Gavin Walker, University of Nottingham

Topic: Solid state technologies for hydrogen systems

Speaker: Professor Gavin Walker, Professor of Sustainable Energy, University of Nottingham

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 February, 13.50

Bio: Professor Gavin Walker is Director of the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen, which is training the next generation of doctorate-level innovation leaders needed in the hydrogen sector. This is an exciting collaboration between academia and industry, involving the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham and Ulster and over 40 stakeholders. He has been working in the field of Hydrogen technologies and in particular hydrogen storage for over 15 years and has established a world-leading research group developing materials for hydrogen storage and the design and validation of solid state-based stores, compressors and the integration of hydrogen systems, including a hydrogen energy system at the University’s Creative Energy Homes.

Abstract: Metal hydrides present properties that make them suitable for a number of applications, including hydrogen storage, thermal energy storage, air conditioning and hydrogen compression. The design of metal hydride systems often depends on the thermodynamics of the materials. The importance of the thermodynamics will be illustrated for these different uses of metal hydrides.