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IGEM to launch Hydrogen Knowledge Centre

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Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has been awarded a £91 000 contract by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its Energy Innovation Programme, to design and deliver a world class digital repository dedicated to sharing hydrogen resources and leading the advancement of hydrogen knowledge globally.

IGEM’s Hydrogen Knowledge Centre will include resources on a wide variety of subjects; from hydrogen production, transmission, distribution and storage to applications, safety and training. Crucially the knowledge centre will include the latest research, as it emerges, from hydrogen projects currently underway across the UK and internationally.

As a digital library platform, the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre will offer a searchable database of hydrogen research, reports, data, presentations and videos, across the spectrum of technologies and industry applications – enabling users to broaden and deepen their understanding of hydrogen and support their own research and development efforts.

IGEM will be working with partners across the energy landscape to build collaborations and knowledge sharing capability, to act as a signpost to critical, relevant resources and secure the widest reach possible for users.

Neil Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer at IGEM, said: “With the support of BEIS, we are proud to be developing this repository for the industry, hosting hydrogen intelligence from gas network companies, leading academic institutions, research centres and industry stakeholders.

“As stated by the Committee on Climate Change, there is no realistic scenario which enables the UK to reach net zero by 2050 without clean hydrogen playing a key role in decarbonising heat, transport, power and industrial processes.

“With a range of hydrogen projects and demonstrations underway across the UK and internationally, the Hydrogen Knowledge Centre will provide a platform for that breadth of learning to be centralised and accessible for its users.

“In addition to developing the first Hydrogen Technical Standards, IGEM have been working closely with industry to support the feasibility and safety evidence base for scaling up low carbon gases and hydrogen into the existing UK gas network.

“The development of a Hydrogen Knowledge Centre is an exciting next step in bringing the industry’s learning into a central space, for the advancement of the profession and to support the UK’s transition to a net-zero carbon emissions future.”

The Hydrogen Knowledge Centre will be launched towards the end of 2020.

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