Following the commitment from Government to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050, hydrogen is stated to play a role an energy vector in the reduction of emissions from power, transport, and industrial sectors.
In March 2021, we hosted the Future Applications of Hydrogen for a Low Carbon Economy seminar that highlighted the importance of building a network of engineers in the field to discuss common engineering challenges, applications and strategies. As more projects move from concept to demonstration and commercial scale, there is a need to discuss common challenges, share lessons learned and identify the role of the mechanical engineer.
This conference is an opportunity for engineers to identify challenges across the hydrogen value chain including production, distribution, storage, and utilisation. Hydrogen can be a useful part of the energy system, but engineers must understand the inherent challenges before it can be used effectively, and at scale, in a net-zero future energy economy.
Join this conference to:
- Hear case studies from mature projects addressing infrastructure challenges for production, storage and distribution
- Identify bottlenecks and barriers in moving to a hydrogen economy
- Develop your understanding of the utilisation across different engineering sectors including rail, heavy-duty, aerospace, power generation, marine and more
- Hear from leading experts in the field and explore opportunities to collaborate on new projects
- Gain insight into gaps in the market and requirements for new technology
- Take away lessons learned from other innovative companies to ensure optimal development strategies
- Understand how your existing equipment or products can be deployed in the new hydrogen economy
Attendees from our previous hydrogen event included representatives from:
Angel Trains Ltd
APSYS - An Airbus Company
Byrne Ó Cléirigh
Cadent Gas Ltd
Climate Change Committee
Compressor Products International (CPI)
Energy Technologies Institute
EP UK Investments
Gemini Rail Services
Inspection and Consultancy Services Limited
Northern Gas Networks
PCA Engineers Limited
University of Birmingham
University of Brighton
University of Chester
University of Strathclyde
Veolia CHP UK
Wales & West Utilities
Worshipful Company of Engineers
Attendee feedback from our previous hydrogen event:
"An excellent day of industry leading presentations which help novices and experienced engineers better understand this field in more detail"
Head of Commercial Engineering, Active Building Centre
"Thought-provoking event on both the challenges and opportunities that a hydrogen economy presents"
Test & Validation Director, ORE Catapult
"Concise and effective summary of the likely future development of hydrogen as a fuel"
General Manager, KnitMesh Technologies
"The event provided a useful insight into the developing technologies across all aspects of transport as well as commercial and domestic power"
CEO, British Engines Limited
"Excellent event - well balanced and informative!"
F4N Industrial Advisor, Nuclear AMRC
"A very informative seminar"
Hydraulic Simulation Engineer, Wärtsilä Finland Oy
"Excellent event, informative and thought-provoking"
Technical Advisor, Invest NI
"A very good overview of different industries and the status of hydrogen fuels"
Head of Engineering, Aggreko Power Solutions
"Provided a good general overview of the hydrogen landscape with focus on specific areas of interest to engineers"
Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
"An informative event, a valuable experience highlighting the challenges and plans required to achieve a net Zero by 2050. An event I’d highly recommend to anyone with an interest in climate change"
Senior Project Engineer, TP Group
"The subject matter: hydrogen's role in renewable energy and a low carbon environment is very timely, and IMechE has done well to bring this subject to the attention of its members, with well selected and experienced presenters from various sectors of this emerging technology"
Mechanical Engineering Consultant, Robin Wilson Consultant
"Outstanding debate on a critical aspect of the path to net-zero"
Analyst, AJ Bell Limited
"A great event with a well thought out approach allowing interaction as well as information to be shared at a fast pace while staying on topic"
Head of Retrofit Engineering, Siemens Mobility UK
"Overall I found the event well organised with interesting presentations"
Lead Technologist, BAE Systems
"Excellent one-day event reviewing various sectors on how hydrogen can help in achieving zero carbon emissions"
Engineering Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
"A well run, informative overview of the many and varied opportunities and issues associated with H2 as an energy storage medium and fuel"
Technical Advisor, Pierburg AG
"Great event for gaining an understanding of hydrogen uses and technologies to decarbonise industry and transport"
Technical Advisor, Invest NI
"This was an interesting and worthwhile event, and an excellent start. However, the UK's engineering societies need to do much more to identify, plan and deploy the nation's answer to climate change"
Consultant, G T Systems
"IMechE compiled a highly relevant and timely programme of presentations expanding the understanding and potential scope of the use of hydrogen for exploitation of a low carbon economy"
Retired Chairman, BSW Timber Ltd
"A great overview of the developing hydrogen economy"
Editor, Rail Media
"A broad overview on how industry is developing and harmonising towards a hydrogen based society"
Hydrogen Aerospace Fuel Systems Architect, APSYS - Airbus
"Highly recommended - an impressive breadth of speakers at a level of technical detail which was both informative and accessible to all"
Senior Project Manager, Wood
"Excellent event a good wide ranging presentation of the field from volumes required, costs and methods of production to the detail of the problems of consumption"
Technologies Director, Teconnex Ltd
"In all this was very interesting and more future directed than many I have attended, indicating the breadth of activity towards the zero carbon economy"
Techncial Director, Strata Technology Ltd
"Excellent seminar that provided in-depth knowledge into hydrogen production and its many potential applications across various sectors"
Mechanical Engineer, CNG Services Ltd
"Good to get the factual content on a sector from the practitioners"
Managing Director, HydrogenOne Capital
"Highly recommended, excellent event with a wide diversity of engineering and business content"
Chief Engineer - Propulsion, Ricardo
"This was a good event"
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We are keen to return to in-person events and enjoy the benefits of connecting face to face. Whilst Covid-19 continues to circulate in the UK, we are taking steps to keep event participants as safe as possible. You can attend IMechE events with the confidence that the following safety measures will be in place:
Attendees are requested to maintain a distance of 1m+ from each other. Where possible, room layouts and seating will be arranged to facilitate this.
Masks / face coverings
The wearing of masks/face coverings is encouraged (although not compulsory), unless satisfactory social distancing, ventilation or air sterilisation is not possible, in which case it will be compulsory.
Attendees are requested to undertake a Covid test (lateral flow or PCR) a maximum of 24 hours prior to the start of the event/meeting.
Ventilation and air sterilisation
Where possible, rooms will be well ventilated or fitted with air sterilisers to significantly reduce the risk of transmission.
Where possible, catering will be provided in such a format as to facilitate social distancing.