Amer Gaffar, Director of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, gave evidence to the House of Lords on Wednesday (24th March) about the role batteries and fuel cell technology could play in achieving the UK’s 2050 net zero goals.
The UK Parliament has made an inquiry into how Manchester Metropolitan University’s sustainable hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology can contribute to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050.
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The inquiry aims to consider the use of batteries and fuel cell technologies in the transport sector as well as for power grids, agriculture and heat production.
Gaffar said, “The inquiry was focused on the role and readiness level of both batteries and fuel cells as a low carbon energy solution, and my evidence was based on our policy, skills and critically the work that our researchers are doing with small and medium-sized enterprises in Greater Manchester and with the industrial and political sector.”
“Our shared agenda was clear, a number of technologies, including both batteries and fuel cells, will help us towards a net zero future, but they are to play just part in the overall solution.”
“It was also agreed by all that the development of Net Zero skills was critical to us being able to achieve net zero.”
The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, a £4m ($5.5m) f acility at the university, is dedicated to the development of renewable energy through research in hydrogen and fuel cell technology.