Technische Universität (TU) Braunschweig, Germany and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, have agreed to create a ‘digital toolbox’ to accelerate hydrogen production.
Revealed today (June10), the strategic partners are working on the DiTo-H2 project to research hydrogen production, funded by the Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme (SGHRS), which awarded £97,000 ($120,800) to four Scottish and German Universities.
The so-called digital toolbox is set to be provide modelling framework, mapping technological advances and how they will translate into performance improvements at electrolyser and energy grid level.
It is hoped the framework will facilitate accelerated decision-making on integrating new technologies and materials as and when they become available.
Prof. Sir. Jim MacDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of Strathclyde, said, “The production and use of hydrogen offer significant opportunities to decarbonise our energy system and meet the needs of communities and industries, while helping to meet global climate change and Net Zero targets.
“The COP26 conference, held in our home city of Glasgow, reminded us all of the urgency of these goals and the potential consequences of missing them.
“Together with our partners at TU Braunschweig and with the support of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, our research will accelerate the implementation of Scotland’s Hydrogen Action Plan and make further progress towards a Net Zero future.”
University of Strathclyde received funding from the Scottish Government-funded Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) SGHRS, which aims to facilitate research and practice-based partnerships between the two countries, to explore future uses of hydrogen.
The contact between the two universities spawned through their commitment to CAESAR, a network of over 50 science and technology universities in Europe.
Prof. Daniel Schröder, Head of the Institute of Energy and Systems Process Engineering at TU Braunschweig, said, “In addition to the intensive technical exchange and the exciting work on several scales of hydrogen production, we also see the project that is now starting as a great opportunity to establish a long-term international research partnership with all project participants.
“An integral part of the project is a workshop in which important players in German and Scottish hydrogen research will network beyond the project consortium and develop future research strategies and subsequently design further joint project proposals around green hydrogen.”
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