Information Seminar on Hydrogen & Low Emission Fuels at Belfast Met


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Clean transport Agenda in NI up for discussion at Belfast Met

An information seminar on Hydrogen and Low Emission Fuels for both businesses and the public sector will be held in Belfast Met on Nov 28, 2019. The seminar will provide information on a range of zero carbon and low emission sources of fuel, all relating to the Clean Transport Agenda.
Businesses will have the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs). The seminar is being run in partnership with the Belfast met-led renewable hydrogen GenComm project, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Leading Northern Ireland companies will show how they have embraced the clean energy route. Translink will explain how they are to deliver zero emission vehicles to Belfast. Attendees will learn about Belfast’s first hydrogen double-deck bus, and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refuelling for transport.
A detailed look at the growing hydrogen market, the programme will also include an alternative fuels panel discussion with representatives from Energia, Translink, Molgas Energy, CNG Installations, MACPAC Refuse Bodies as well as from alternative fuels expert Dr Peter Watters. Safety issues and standards affecting the clean transport agenda will all be topics on the day.
Mark Welsh, Energy Services Manager at Energia will explain how Energia are on a green hydrogen journey with their own hydrogen-refuelling station due in 2020. Energia will also be supplying the zero-emission hydrogen that will fuel the new Fuel Cell electric (FCEV) double decker buses for Belfast city centre. This development will ultimately reduce the reliance on imported oil and gas by establishing a zero-emission transport solution. The solution will reduce harmful participates from diesel engines, and will make a positive contribution to the environment of Belfast. Mark Welsh, said:
“We are delighted to be contributing to this important workshop which is designed to show the benefits of clean renewable hydrogen, and will give attendees an understanding into the delivery and fuelling process that ensures all equipment operates reliably and safely.”

Energia are a lead partner in the Belfast Met-led GenComm renewable hydrogen project. GenComm Programme Manager Paul McCormack will also discuss the outputs of the GenComm project, and how GenComm has become a catalyst for renewables across Europe. He will highlight the work of the 10 European partners on the GenComm project and how the transition to renewable hydrogen should be embraced by companies and communities.
Looking forward to the seminar Paul Mc Cormack, said: “Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are powered by hydrogen and are more efficient than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. Emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles include nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and particulates. These are a major source of air pollution. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles emit none of these harmful substances, emitting only water vapour and warm air. As such Hydrogen is a real option for diversifying our transportation energy options, whilst at the same time reducing pollution.”
The Hydrogen and Alternative Low-Emission Fuels Seminar on November 28 will run from 9am-1.45pm. People can register through the Eventbrite website