The energy week spotlight is firmly on Belfast Met.


It promises to be a big week for the Belfast Metropolitan College led European energy project ‘GenComm’ with two speaking slots secured during European  Energy Week (EUSEW 2020)on June 25.

EU Sustainable Energy Week will be held under the theme, ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis the planned 90 sessions have been reduced to 30 and GenComm was selected to participate in 2 of these sessions – validation of the work the GenCom team are delivering.

In the session  entitled, ‘Boosting The Hydrogen Economy Through International Co-Operation, Paul Mc Cormack, GenComm Programme Manager will outline  how the project consortium are generating energy security for remote communities by utilising green hydrogen as the energy vector and delivering power to x

Session two  called ‘Hydrogen Fuelling Europe’s Energy Transition’ will be addressed by Paul Mc Cormack, and GenComm partner Dr Rory Monaghan from NUIG . They will discuss how to reduce the Co2 footprint of the energy system  Dr Monaghan will outline how the implementation of the GenComm Decision Support Tool (DST) will allow communities to develop their own needs based energy solution and commence an energy journey to achieve total decoupling from carbon based energy issues. Being data informed means using data as a factor in decision making rather than using it as the entire basis.

The Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis will also speak about ‘Hydrogen As A Vector For Recovery’. But on June 25th all eyes will be on the two presentations from the GenComm team. A delighted Paul Mc Cormack is looking forward to the day saying: “Throughout Europe and in a wider global context we are the start of an energy revolution. This revolution is changing the traditional grid controlled energy generation distribution parameters. Green hydrogen generated from renewable energy is fuelling this energy revolution and creating new business models and opportunities.

“Our GenComm project is now at the forefront of this clean growth. We are helping develop the potential for hydrogen as an energy vector for transport, industry and heating. Europe now recognises our Belfast Met led project as a major influencer. Hydrogen can play a key role in meeting zero carbon emissions by 2050 while creating high value jobs in the energy sector.”

An objective of both June 25 events is to present the outstanding impact by individual hydrogen projects. The presentations will be targeted at hydrogen experts and policymakers. The event showcases where hydrogen is already providing solutions for European citizens. With 10 European partners making up the GenComm project, this project has certainly left its mark since its inception in 2017.

On June 25 , speakers will debate the planned review of the framework for energy infrastructure and how territorial co-operation is contributing to tackle the energy challenge.

If the EU is to reach its target of zero emissions by 2050 the challenge is to enable a smart sector integration that brings on board the electricity, heating and transport sectors into one system.This integration is a priority for the European Green Deal. Hydrogen is a key enabling technology for the energy integration challenge.

With confidence skyhigh in the GenComm team, Mr Mc Cormack added: “This clean affordable and secure energy is the way forward during this new decade. A week after we speak at EU Energy Week we have our own GenComm project webinar, ‘Getting the Green Light, Driving Europe’s Green Journey’ on July 1st. The journey isn’t over yet but we feel we have definitely made our contribution in helping EU citizens adopt the hydrogen model.”


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