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EPSRC Reference: GR/S31259/01
Title: Overseas Travel and RA support in connection with the establishment of a strong UK contribution to a FW6 Network of Excellence in Hydrogen Storage
Principal Investigator: Ross, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Harris, Professor IR Edwards, Professor P Morrison, Professor I
Walker, Professor GS Guo, Professor ZX Spagni, Dr S
Hall, Professor PJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr D Spagni
Project Partners:
DSTL - JGS International Energy Agency (IEA) Johnson Matthey
Department: Inst for Materials Research
Organisation: University of Salford
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2003 Ends: 31 December 2003 Value (£): 36,493
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Sustainable Energy Vectors
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It is now generally recognised that the only viable way of reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles is by changing to hydrogen propulsion. This will involve a major world-wide investment, probably comparable to the investment in railway building in the 19th century. The development of a viable hydrogen storage technology is crucial to this investment. As far as we know, ours is the only Eol specifically aimed at hydrogen storage and it contains the majority of the major groups working in the field in Europe, either amongst the original 46 laboratories listed in the Eol or in the list of additional groups assembled since. The importance of developing this technology is recognised at several points in the description of the scientific programme for FW6 (eg Priority Area 6). We are therefore confident about producing a full proposal for the first call (April 2003). On the scale anticipated by the Commission, this is a major task that will involve considerable travel within Europe and the collation of information in \Manchester The greater the participation at this stage, the greater will be the future role in the Network. We are therefore also seeking six months funding for a Reearch Assistant to work on the preparation of the Scientific Case, including the proposed contributions of all 50+ participating laboratories. We believe we have a record of innovation that matches that elsewhere in Europe but access to funding is essential to preserve this position. Also, a major involvement in the Eol will ensure that UK industry is in a position to benefit from the investment.
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