IGEM’s Hydrogen Knowledge Centre is live!

18/03/2021 16:20
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We are delighted that IGEM’s brand new Hydrogen Knowledge Centre is now live.

The Hydrogen Knowledge Centre, developed with support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is a digital repository dedicated to the advancement of hydrogen learning globally and supporting the transition to a net-zero carbon emissions future.

It is home to hydrogen resources on everything from hydrogen production, transmission, distribution and storage to applications, safety and hydrogen blending. Contributors to the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre are from a range of gas networks and supply chain organisations, academic institutions, research bodies and industry experts; covering a variety of cross-sector applications and technologies.

The launch event for the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre took place on Wednesday 17 March and attendees were joined by speakers Dr Mark Taylor, Deputy Director for Energy Innovation, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Dr Stuart Hawksworth, Head of the Centre for Energy & Major Hazards at the HSE, and President of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety, and Keith Owen, Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy at Northern Gas Networks.

In welcoming attendees to the event, Neil Atkinson, Chief Executive of IGEM, said: “There is a clear need for a centralised, trusted resource of hydrogen knowledge in support of the energy transition and that’s where the knowledge centre fills the gap.”

Neil also noted that close to 1,600 publications have already been uploaded to the centre and added: ”We truly hope that the IGEM Hydrogen Knowledge Centre can become established as a vital enabling asset and tool to facilitate the UK’s move to net zero.”

Dr Mark Taylor said that BEIS was delighted to support the initiative, adding that “the impact of climate change is happening now and we need solutions.”

“This repository will help keep the pace of hydrogen development to achieve net zero,” he said.

Dr Stuart Hawksworth said that the launch of the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre was timely and emphasised the importance of collaboration. He said: ”Safety is one of the enablers to ensure hydrogen can be delivered. Safety needs to be appropriately considered at each stage. Collaboration and knowledge sharing is very important.”

Keith Owen, who spoke from a gas network perspective, echoed these comments, agreeing that strong collaboration across the industry is essential. “The Hydrogen Knowledge Centre will play a strong role in this transformative period. We’re at the forefront, and as a community we can share information and extend the work we’re doing further,” he said.

IGEM members have instant access to all the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre has to offer and we are offering a trial for non-members to access the downloadable content until 16 April, so you can explore the repository. To access the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre after this date, you will need to be an IGEM member. Anyone can join us as an Associate Member to continue their access to the digital library and reap the many other benefits of IGEM membership.

If you missed the launch event, it is now available to watch on IGEMtv and YouTube and the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre can be accessed at www.h2knowledgecentre.com.

If you wish to contribute content to the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre, please contact us at hydrogen@igem.org.uk.

With thanks to key contributors Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Arup, Hy4Heat, Cadent, National Grid, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities.

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