SCRATCH and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supply Chain projects are aimed at the future hydrogen and fuel cell economy which many analysts believe will be dominating the energy structure of Britain by 2050.

The £1.5M EPSRC SCRATCH project and the £0.5M AWM Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supply Chain project will help bring together Engineers, Scientists and Economists from industry and academia to;

  • Develop the Science, Technology and Supply Chain for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
  • Generate new technologies, employment, growth, a wealthy ‘Hydrogen and Fuel Cells’ economy and international reputation

An overview of the project - pdf is available. 

Developing the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Economy Supply Chain

Second Workshop (16/09/09)

The second scratch workshop was held on 16th September 2009 and was attended by 50+ people. The attendees were a mixture of academia, students and industrial collaborators. The workshop programme presentations can be found below: -

  • Plenary: - Jaguar Land Rover: – Martin Dowson - PDF
  • Plenary: - BAXI UK : - Kevin Lucas - PDF
  • SCRATCH: - Dr Aman Dhir - PDF
  • H2 Generation: - Dr Mark Redwood - PDF
  • H2 Storage: - Dr Alex Bevan - PDF
  • Hydrogen Economy: - Dr Helen Hu - PDF
  • Black Country Housing Project: - Dr Iain Staffell - PDF
  • Energized Ltd: - Mr Andrew Parker - PDF
  • Rondol Ltd: - Mr Brian Murray or Mr Phil Hunnable - PDF
  • TEMPUS: - Mr Andrew Dolphin - PDF
  • Microcab Industries: - Mr John Jostins - PDF
  • Climate Change Solutions: - Mr Tony McNally (No powerpoint)
  • Future Events: AWM Expo in India : -Mr Ian Mason - PDF
  • Doctoral Training Centre: Prof. Kevin Kendall - PDF

First Workshop (28/11/07)

An event was held at the University of Birmingham aimed at those involved in the growing business of hydrogen as a future fuel for fuel cell applications who want to learn more about new developments and technologies.

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supply Chain Workshop was held on Wednesday 28th November 2007, it enabled small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to gain new understanding of this emerging technology and to meet University researchers at the cutting edge of work in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells. Over 60 people attended this workshop.

First workshop for SCRATCH project (1)

Hydrogen is considered a clean fuel as it has a minimum impact on the environment and could reduce the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. It is widely recognised that, in the face of climate change and oil depletion, the transition towards a hydrogen and fuel cell economy could be a viable solution to our energy demands.

Dr Bruno Pollet, the organiser of the event, says, ‘We are starting to take the necessary steps to gear up towards a hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructure, so it is essential, now, that we begin to develop a supply chain of businesses which can generate jobs and growth in these new technologies. The workshop will help to create new working partnerships and to bring about a sense of cohesion among those already working in the industry.’

First workshop for SCRATCH Project (2)

The event enabled companies and individuals to come together to discuss ideas and to promote their services. On show was the latest in fuel cell technologies, both in domestic and transport applications. Current research into hydrogen and fuel cell at the University focuses’ on hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle and CHP (Combined Heat and Power) units which will help researchers to determine how the technology needs to be adapted to make hydrogen fuel cell for both automotive and domestic applications efficient and cost effective.

The event was free and companies and individuals from the chemical, engineering, materials aspect of the automotive and energy markets attended. Those wishing to register interest in future meetings should contact the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemical Engineering on .