Birmingham hosts 2016 Annual Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference

The University of Birmingham hosted the 2016 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference (FCH2) at Millennium Point in Birmingham on Wednesday 25 - Thursday 26 May 2016.

The third Annual FCH2 Technical Conference, partnered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Supergen Research Hub (H2FC), is the only UK technical platform for academia and industry to showcase developments and trends within the science and technology industry.

Hydrogen as a clean energy carrier and its use in fuel cells holds great potential to help meet concerns over climate change; providing the production of enough hydrogen through low emission technologies.

The  Birmingham Centre for Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Research at the University of Birmingham have an internationally recognised programme of research into hydrogen as a future energy vector and the development of key technologies, from sustainable production and hydrogen storage to commercial utilisation, as well as the efficient provision of electricity and heat from fuel cells. In all of these themes, the Centre is working towards making a full hydrogen economy a reality.

Chaired by Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research, the conference welcomed esteemed speakers from UK Universities and businesses including Birmingham City Council, Toyota and Innovate UK.

The conference hosted themes, covered by industry and academia, such as:

  • Fuel Cells: Materials and Processes
  • Hydrogen Production, Storage and Infrastructure
  • Socio-Economics
  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Current Fuel Cell Related Projects
  • Public Outreach and Engagement

There was also a technical and vehicle exhibition, where participants viewed new fuel cell vehicles from Toyota, Hyundai and other OEM manufacturers.

Dr Aman Dhir, Teaching Fellow and Centre Manager, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, University of Birmingham said:

“We were proud to present this years’ Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference to showcase our ethos of science, technology and further learning. The conference has increased in popularity over the years; attracting delegates from outside of the UK.

This year, we had a fleet of new fuel cell vehicles from Toyota, Hyundai and other OEM manufacturers. The University of Birmingham recently leased the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell car by Lex Autolease,
marking the next stage in the development of alternative technology to traditionally-fuelled petrol and diesel vehicles.”