Following the Government's commitment to achieve 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 2023, we hosted the third annual 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 events 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 events:
"A great gathering of the UK's hydrogen sector for two days of technical deep dive into the mechanical and wider societial and commercial challenges of hydrogen"
Strategy Director, Hypermotive
"Addressed some key issues and practical challenges within the Hydrogen Economy. A good breadth of topics discussed, but plenty work to be done!"
Senior Engineer, Xodus
"Very engaging and stimulating conference, well organised, great venue"
Hydrogen Technologies Applications Engineering Director, Johnson Matthey
"Gave a very useful overview of the challenges and business ecosystem. Helped us understand where our opportunities are likley to be found"
Technical Director, Wilde Analysis Ltd
"This event provided a picture, across multiple industries, of where hydrogen currently is as a sustainable energy solution, its limitations, and the work that remains to be done. Very knowledgeable speakers and a relevant event for anyone that has an interest in the future of industry en route to net-zero"
Senior Project Engineer, DB ESG
"It was a great environment and atmosphere, lots of knowledge delivered by the UK industry leaders on the Hydrogen economy. Great forum for discussion in terms of what's next for the UK energy infrastructure and its subsequent applications"
Senior Applications Engineer, BorgWarner
"Great event showcasing the latest advancements in technology, from production through to end use of hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives."
Subsea Systems Engineer, bp
"For me personnaly, this event was long overdue in attendance - I benefited form the information shared"
Mechancial Advisor, bp
"An excellent event that provided the right balance of strategic insight and detail technical content, as well as an opportunity to network with a range of industry peers all wrestling with similar hydrogen related challenges"
Front End Development Manager, Shell
"Food for thought for the present and future of hydrogen technologies"
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Binnies/RSK
"Great event covering the hydrogen economy from the creation, distribution, to the use of Hydrogen in transportation, domicile use etc. with sufficient time for networking. Great event!"
Engineering Director, BorgWarner
"Very informative and well organised event"
Director, JD Allen Engineering
"Great event with a broad representation across the hydrogen industry, plus excellent presentations from industry experts"
Senior Product Manager, Druck Ltd
"A well organised event focussing on the fast-growing hydrogen economy, and useful technical information related to hydrogen use in a wide range of transport and industrial applications"
Mechanical Engineering Consultant, RW Consultant
"Hydrogen is clearly in our future as alternative green enabler for heating, industry and transport. This conference really helped to provide an understanding of the work done to try connect production to end user, the road blocks but more importantly how we can collaborate and overcome them. The question is no longer 'if' hydrogen is part of a greener future, its 'when' and thanks to the tireless efforts of all involved that time frame is getting smaller and smaller. A brilliant event!"
Engineering Manager, BorgWarner ETTS
"A great event that is really informative and provides a true breadth of the hydrogen value chain"
Alternative Fuels Lead, BMT UK
"I've had a great time listening to the latest updates on applications of hydrogen in so many different industrial sectors. I would definitely re-attend next year"
Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University
"A valuable insight into the ongoing work and challenges of a diverse range of sectors and applications, as well as a good opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on the priorities and imperatives for accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy"
Senior Powertrain Development Leader, INNIO Jenbacher
"A fantastic collection of presentations, showcasing all the engineering being undertaken to realise the truly massive hydrogen energy architecture required"
Head of Product Development, Intelligent Energy
"A fantastic insite into the issues associated with the use of Hydrogen and its importance in achieving the UK's net-zero target"
Functional Manager V8 Engine Calibration, Bentley Motors Ltd
"Another excellent conference on hydrogen challenges - this year's speakers were better than ever and it was great to see such a large number of people attending"
Director - Digital Engineering, Element Digital Engineering
"Very insightful and interesting conference"
Sales Manager - Sustainable Energy, Howden
"A really excellent event with interesting talks on aspects across the entire hydrogen value chain. It was great to see so many businesses and experts presenting their work"
PhD Student, University of Strathclyde
"Overall a very informative and enjoyable event"
Development Manager, Altrad Motherwell Bridge
"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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