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 2022, we hosted the inaugural Engineering Challenges in the Hydrogen Economy conference which provided engineers with a platform to discuss common engineering challenges, applications, and strategies. As more projects move from concept to demonstration and commercial scale, there is a need to continue the discussion, 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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Covid-19 guidance for attendees:
We continue to operate all of our events in accordance with the most up to date UK Government advice on Covid-19.
From 24 February 2022 the Government removed the last domestic restrictions associated with Covid-19 in England. People are no longer required to self-isolate even if they test positive for Covid-19. The UK Government has published its plan for living with Covid-19 on the basis that although the virus is still in circulation, a return to pre-pandemic life is now possible. It is therefore down to individuals to assess the risk of returning to ‘normal’ activities such as social mixing and attending events.
However, it is important to us that we continue to protect each other and to support this we request:
- That you do not attend IMechE events if you feel unwell, particularly if you have respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms
- That you do not attend IMechE events if you have tested positive or suspect that you may have Covid-19
- That you continue to maintain good respiratory and hand hygiene i.e. covering your mouth and nose if you feel the need to cough or sneeze, washing and/or sanitising hands regularly