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Northern Ireland’s hydrogen opportunities in focus

Northern Ireland’s hydrogen opportunities in focus

Hydrogen opportunities in Northern Ireland will next week be discussed by industry experts across Europe, as part of a webinar hosted by Belfast Met led GenComm.

To be held on 11th November, the webinar titled Hydrogen-Exploring opportunities in the Northern Ireland Energy Transition, will include presentations from Alexandru Floriesten from Hydrogen Europe, Dr Patrick Cnubben from the New Energy Coalition, among others.

Meabh Cormacain, from the Department for the Economy will also discuss Northern Ireland’s decarbonisation policy perspectives. “As Northern Ireland moves to higher levels of renewable electricity generation and continues efforts to decarbonise the heating and transport sectors, hydrogen could play important roles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” she said.

“Hydrogen could also present opportunities for business in Northern Ireland to explore new market, new technologies, and new skillsets in an ever more competitive environment. This webinar will give an overview of what hydrogen can deliver for Northern Ireland, and we can best position ourselves to maximise the benefits.”

The hydrogen-focused conversation will all be led by Paul Mc Cormack, Innovation Manager at Belfast Metropolitan College and GenComm Programme Manager, who will chair the webinar and set the scene introducing the potential of hydrogen as an energy vector in green energy solutions.

“It is vital that Northern Ireland is fully prepared to engage in low carbon energy innovation and to secure the resultant economic benefits. This webinar is part of ensuring that we are organised and in shape for these opportunities,” he said.

“The investment and innovation needed to meet net zero is colossal: potentially a doubling of the size of our power system; a new hydrogen economy; progress in nuclear, CCUS, and renewables; an average of 20,000 homes a week switching to low carbon heating system and 30,000 new electric vehicles every week.”


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