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EPSRC Reference: EP/S023909/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen - SusHy
Principal Investigator: Walker, Professor GS
Other Investigators:
Makarov, Dr D Giulietti, Professor M Book, Professor D
Wijayantha-Kahagala-Gamage, Professor U Orozco, Mr R Molkov, Professor V
Macaskie, Professor LE Besley, Professor E
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Advion Ltd Arcola Energy Blue Sky Bio Ltd
Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd Cenex Clarion Water
Clean Power Hydrogen Group Ltd Climate Change Solutions Ltd Diamond Light Source
DNV GL (UK) Drax Power Limited E4Tech Ltd
EffecTech Energy Research Accelerator European Marine Energy Centre
Far-UK Ltd H2D2O Ltd Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd
Health and Safety Executive Hydrogen Green Power Ltd HySafe
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Inovyn Enterprises Ltd Intelligent Energy Ltd
ISIS ITM Power plc Kyushu University (Japan)
Land Quality Management Ltd Lindhurst Innovation Engineers LLEP
Luxfer Gas Cylinders Ltd National Physical Laboratory Northern Gas Networks
Paulista State University Pedal Express Ltd PHusionH2
PURE Energy Centre PV3 Technologies Ltd Revolve technologies Ltd
Rice University Savannah River National Laboratory Shell
Synnogy Ltd T4 Sustainability Ltd Ulemco
University of Louisville
Department: Faculty of Engineering
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 April 2019 Ends: 30 September 2027 Value (£): 6,554,030
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fuel Cell Technologies Sustainable Energy Vectors
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Nov 2018 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Interview Panel S – November 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The global hydrogen generation market is valued at $115.25 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow to $154.74 billion by 2022 [Global Outlook & Trends for Hydrogen, IEA, 2017]. We are witnessing significant market opportunities emerging for hydrogen technologies today. New and existing hydrogen technology developments and market activities are projected to intensify over the coming decade. Sustainable hydrogen solutions are a key pathway for decarbonising transport, heat and power generation sectors. Common challenges to sustainable hydrogen being adopted across these sectors are:

- Cost reduction

- Safety

- Systems level and multisectoral innovations

- Managing change

Over the next decade innovative solutions are needed to tackle the above challenges, but it will be impossible without a dedicated mechanism to train doctoral Energy Innovation Leaders. These leaders should have a firm grasp of the technology from scientific fundamentals through to applied engineering and a solid understanding of the techno-economic barriers and an appreciation of the societal issues that will impact on the translation of disruptive technologies from research labs through to market. This goes beyond being multidisciplinary, but is a transdisciplinary training, reflecting the translation steps from understanding market driven needs, planning and conducting appropriate basic and applied research to products/solutions/system development through to successful market penetration. This is delivered by a cohort training approach through the cross fertilisation of ideas of a cohort with a diverse background, peer-demonstration of the value of research across a diverse range of stakeholder-led projects, thus facilitating a peer-to-peer transdisciplinary learning culture.

The SusHy Consortium, led by Gavin Walker, continues a long running and highly successful collaboration in hydrogen research between the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough, and Birmingham (UoN, LU, UoB) which started over a decade ago with the Midlands Energy Consortium. The Midlands Energy Graduate School spawned two successful CDTs (Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications and the current Fuel Cells and their Fuels). The current proposal for a CDT in Sustainable Hydrogen brings together the world leading expertise in hydrogen generation, purification, sensors/monitoring, and storage, along with whole systems issues (resilience engineering, business economic models and life cycle analysis) which exist across the three Universities. A gap in the consortium expertise is in the research field of hydrogen safety and we identified the internationally-renowned Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER) at Ulster University (UU) as the right partner to deliver on this key aspect. This is the first broad collaboration in the world seeking to investigate, train researchers and produce leaders in Sustainable Hydrogen.

Stakeholder Partnerships. A key strength of this CDT is the active involvement of the Stakeholders in co-creation of the training programme which is reciprocated in the value with which the Stakeholders view of the CDT. This shared vision of a training partnership between the Universities and Stakeholders will lead to the smooth function of the CDT with not just a high-quality training programme, but a programme that is tailored to the sector needs for high-quality, industry-ready doctoral Energy Innovation Leaders. The valued CDT-stakeholder partnership will also be a significant appeal to candidates interested in energy-related PhDs and will be used to help market the CDT programme to a diverse talent pool.

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