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Taking the lead on hydrogen energy

Warwick has joined with the University of Birmingham in a pioneering project that will develop the use of hydrogen energy as a green fuel.

hydrogen.jpgHydrogen energy is considered to be one of the best ways of generating energy without producing huge amounts of carbon or greenhouse gases. Professor Mark Smith, Chair of the Faculty of Science, describes it as ‘a key technology that promises to provide relief from the world’s dependence on fossil fuels’. The new research project, which has funding of £6.3 million from the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, will explore how hydrogen energy can be generated, stored and used as a power source. It will particularly concentrate on producing and storing hydrogen using sustainable methods such as by electrolysis of water and from biomass.

This joint project is the first capital project to be funded as part of Birmingham Science City – an initiative that brings together world class science and technology within the UK’s second city and its region and aims to put the West Midlands on the map as a centre of excellence in UK science. A key theme of Birmingham Science City is collaboration between the region’s leading universities and between universities and businesses. The hydrogen energy project is just part of a much wider Energy Futures Research Programme in which the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick will collaborate, that will bring in over 40 researchers in nine academic departments. The two universities are developing joint proposals under the Science City Programme to enhance research in energy production, storage and conservation, raw materials and translational medicine.