Hydrogen cogeneration - will nuclear rise to the challenge?

  • AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre, Rotherham
  • 09:30-15:30
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Register below to join the team from Frazer-Nash Consultancy as we host an interactive event in conjunction with Nuclear AMRC on September 20.

The event will cover a wide range of topics, delivered by experts across the industry, about the future of hydrogen cogeneration, including:

  • Examples of current projects in the cogeneration space
  • Insight from the hydrogen supply producers and nuclear vendors
  • Industrial and social impacts
  • Dissemination of emissions studies commissioned by BEIS

Keynote Speaker: Paul Henderson, Head of Hydrogen Production Strategy at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

As Head of Hydrogen Production Strategy at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Paul is responsible for setting the policy environment to ensure new low carbon production routes and technologies can provide the growth and carbon reduction benefits needed for our net zero commitments.

This approach is focused on encouraging a range of low carbon production routes in support of the UK’s ambition to have up to 10GW of production capacity by 2030. With the intention that at least half of this 10GW ambition comes from electrolysis, there is an increasing role for hydrogen from renewable and nuclear sources.

Paul has been working in the area of sustainability and decarbonisation for over 20 years, across local, regional and national government, as well as the private sector. He began his career in local transport policy and strategy, before moving on to designing and leading EU projects that encouraged sustainable mobility. He has worked on a range of policy areas at BEIS including renewable heat, industrial decarbonisation and the bio-economy.

Why Hydrogen Cogeneration?

Hydrogen is already identified as a key player to achieve Net Zero.

The government has set a vision of hydrogen production from renewables, nuclear and other sources, with a combination of these needed to meet decarbonisation goals.

Increased collaboration and joint efforts from both hydrogen and nuclear sectors are necessary to expedite this decarbonisation. Cross-sector learning can help to target areas which are difficult to decarbonise, for example, the electricity system, heavy industry, shipping and other sectors, each of which present different challenges.

The more types of generation there are, the more challenging collaboration/stakeholder engagement can be, adding to the complexities of proposed solutions.

There is a need to proactively listen to understand individual and group challenges, to consider how hydrogen and nuclear can come together to form a solution while emphasising the roles that each energy vector plays. Hydrogen and nuclear are not competing; both are needed to achieve a Net Zero future.


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Hydrogen cogeneration - will nuclear rise to the challenge?