Hydrogen industry leaders heading for Birmingham

The second ‘Midlands Showcase’ will take place in Birmingham next week to hear from industry leaders in the hydrogen and fuel cells sector.

Fuel cells are set to be big business, with the UK market alone estimated to be worth over £1 billion by 2020. Birmingham already hosts two leading UK conferences in this sector, attracting visitors from all over the world, and local universities are leaders in research and development.

The event, which will take place on 14 November at the Energy Systems Catapult offices in Birmingham will feature 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO at ITM Power , said: “Air quality in cities has become a critical issue in the UK and around the world. Air pollution levels have reached ‘very high’ or ‘high’ in eight regions across the UK and London. Transportation contributes a large percentage of air pollution and ITM Power are rolling out hydrogen refuelling stations to support the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen buses. The Birmingham bus programme is a key step in the development of hydrogen refuelling in the UK and we are delighted to be providing the electrolysis refuelling station.”

Fuel cells and hydrogen are game changing technology and are already starting to power homes, workplaces, transport and support the grid. The ‘Hydrogen Council’ formed in January by 13 companies including Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Shell Kawasaki and Total, promises to accelerate the development by investing over £8 billion annually in the next five years.

This clean technology also has great potential to help reduce air pollution, a problem which is becoming a key news topic and high on the political agenda.

Jacqui Staunton, Project Direct at Climate Change Solutions, said: “We all recognise the importance of reducing air pollution, which currently causes 40,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. We are delighted to be organising an event which demonstrates the role this clean technology can play – the only emissions being water vapour.”

The event is supported by the Energy Systems Catapult, ITM Power , Hypermotive, Kiwa and Enterprise Europe Network.

To find out more visit www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk.

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