Green Energy Distribution in Developing Countries 

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 17:00 - 18:00 (followed by a drinks reception)
G35, Chemical Engineering Building (Y11 on the campus map)

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In this lecture, Dr Jean-Luc Delplancke will highlight the potential for hydrogen generation from renewable energy sources in developing countries. Considerations will be made for the storage and transportation of this hydrogen before evaluating its capabilities to produce electricity and drinkable water by means of fuel cells. The lecture will conclude by reviewing the contribution these technologies could have on the international sustainability across developing countries.

Hydrogen is not only the most abundant element in the universe but is also an essential energy carrier. The lecture raises the questions – how can mankind use this resource to achieve the ambitions of multiple international agreements like the COP21? Hydrogen possesses the ability to be stored for long periods of time, and offers a clean, sustainable, and flexible solution for a low-carbon economy when produced by water electrolysis and renewable energy sources (RES). However, these RES are not evenly distributed throughout the world - an issue that Dr Delplancke will be addressing in this lecture.


Dr Jean-Luc Delplancke, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineer, is currently a Scientific Co-worker in the 4MAT Department (Materials Engineering, Characterization, Synthesis and Recycling Department) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He obtained his Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1981, his Master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1983, and then went on to complete his PhD in Materials Science in 1987.

Following his role as a Senior Researcher at the National Fund for Scientific Research of Belgium, he became Professor of Materials Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1996.  During his time at the university, he led the Materials Science and Electrochemistry Department as Director in 1998. In 2004 he joined the European Commission, and was appointed Head of the Program Unit for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in 2011. This is a Public Private Partnership dealing with the research and development of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies across Europe. He retired from the Commission in 2016, and is now an independent expert in renewable energy sources.

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