‘How can renewables sustain resilient communities?’ – Utilising hydrogen to increase coastal sustainability’.

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 can hydrogen incrementally decarbonise 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 Green Hydrogen 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 whilst developing new commercial opportunities for our industries.

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). Irene will address the topic of ‘Zero Emission Road Transport’. Irene 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. Avril who will speak on ‘Sustainable Maritime Transports’. Avril 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’. Ian 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 bear in 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.

Ian 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’.  Rory 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 Centre in the NUI Galway Ryan Institute, a Funded Investigator in MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, and the Director of the Energy Engineering Programme 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 (Atlantic Area, Northern Periphery and Arctic and North-West Europe) 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 Programme 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 Compass and plan the hydrogen highway we must ensure there is are accessible on-ramps for all to join. The CH2F is the community on-ramp, i a forum for all to engage, be informed and plan their journey, importantly allowing people to appraise the opportunities for themselves.”

Ms Desislava Todorova, HUGE Project Manager, said: “The Hydrogen Triple Alliance webinar will be an excellent showcase of how our respective hydrogen projects are contributing towards hydrogen aspirations in Europe. From a HUGE perspective, we look forward to sharing some of our outputs and expertise of the use of green hydrogen as a viable energy vector in remote and rural communities, by introducing you to one such community in the Aran Islands. We feel that coming together as an alliance of projects will help make the case for hydrogen to a wider audience and help deliver our aims well beyond our respective programme areas. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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.

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10:00 h
Welcome to SEAFUEL event & Hydrogen Triple Alliance
10:30 h
Pau Farras
10:50 h
Moving towards sustainable islands
Jan Cornillie - EU Clean Islands Initiative
11:10 h
Clean islands transition linked to sustainable tourism
John Dale Beckley – Canary Green
11:30 h
Hydrogen innovation in islands
Pedro Casero - Hydrogen Europe Research
Green hydrogen production from solar and seawater
11:45 h
Bill Ireland – Logan Energy
Wind to hydrogen, on-shore vs off-shore
Frank Adams - GICON
12:05 h
Marine Energy harvesting to hydrogen
Diana Raine – Smart Hydrogen Consulting
12:25 h
Panel discussion and Q&A audience
12:45 h
Lunch break – poster showcase
13:15 h
Hydrogen Island Roadmaps – The Tenerife case
Josh Williamson – HyEnergy
14:30 h
HGV mobility in islands, infrastructure deployment
Jon Bjorn Skúlason – New Icelandic Energy
14:50 h
Hydrogen Islands, opportunities and challenges
Implementation of a hydrogen project, refuelling urban buses
Andrew Morrisson - Energia
15:10 h
Hydrogen fuel cells as a reliable power supply
Santiago Díaz - Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias
15:30 h
REXH2: The on-board solution for zero-emission navigation
Fernando Szabados – EODev
15:50 h
An all-island approach, the Mallorca Case
María Jaén - Enagas
16:10 h
Panel discussion and Q&A audience
16:30 h
Room Cibeles, Cleopatra Hotel
10:10 h
Strategy for the Atlantic islands
Ismael Morán-García - Joint Secretariat INTERREG Atlantic Area
Delivering of green hydrogen for mobility, maritime and remote energy production
Marc Lavine - Sunrhyse
16:50 h
March 31
10:30 h
SEAFUEL H2 Refuelling Station presentation • ITER’s CEO: Eduardo Ballesteros • SEAFUEL coordinator: Pau Farras Visit to the pilot plant
11:30 h
Visit to other ITER’s facilities (Photovoltaics laboratory, D-ALiX, supercomputer TeideHPC - TBC)
12:30 h
Cocktail at ITER’s Visitor Centre
SEAFUEL Hydrogen Refuelling Station Launch
April 01
08:30 h
Welcome and Registration SOLAR2CHEM event
09:00 h
08:55 h
Opening Remarks
Prof. Gabriele Centi – University of Messina
Prof. Alexander Cowan – University of Liverpool
11:00 h
09:35 h
10:25 h
10:10 h
Prof. Adélio Mendes – University of Porto
Prof. Sophia Haussener – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Dr. Fatwa F. Abdi – Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin
lunch BREAK
12:35 h
11:35 h
Dr. Luis Villalba – CTO of Sunrgyze project
Dr. Gaia Neri – Enapter
13:45 h
13:10 h
14:55 h
14:20 h
Round-table discussion, Q&A, Closing remarks
16:55 h
15:10 h
Poster session