The second Autumn GenComm hosted hydrogen webinar next Tuesday October 6 will have a distinct gas related theme


Titled ‘H2 Sustainability H2 DXNET-Hydrogen injection into natural gas distribution networks’ the event includes four key speakers.

James Burchill, Head of Asset Operations Gas Networks Ireland who is speaking on the day realises the significance of the event saying: “I am really looking forward to exploring and discussing the challenges of injecting hydrogen into the gasgrid.”

The Hydrogen Enabled Zero Emission Supply Chains series of Autumn webinars will address the production, sustainability, safety, application, innovation and entrepreneurship of the Hydrogen value chain. Hydrogen is very much now a European energy opportunity as Paul Mc Cormack, GenComm Programme Manager explains saying: “As the EU embarks on the economic recovery journey from COVID-19 there is a clear opportunity to set the trajectory towards a truly green recovery. Clean, green hydrogen from renewables – Hydrogenewables will play a pivotal role in realising the EU’s climate objectives. Optimising the gas networks across Europe through H2-DxNET for energy transmission, distribution, storage and use will be the catalyst to sustainably reduce emissions in the long term, open all P2X options and drive economic growth. “

The  speakers at next Tuesdays event are all providing their own expertise.

Professor Viktor Hacker,  from Graz University of Technology in Austria will speak on : ‘Decentralized Hydrogen Production from green methane-The Reformer Steam Iron Cycle, (RESC)’.

Professor Hacker built up and heads the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research Group at the Institute of Chemical Engineering at Graz University of Technology with more than 25 co-workers. The fuel cell research group focuses on the development of low temperature fuel cells and hydrogen purification technologies. Professor Hacker has many years of experience in the coordination and implementation of national and international research projects, he also acts as the Austrian representative in the International Energy Agency (IEA) and has been appointed as Extraordinary Professor at the South African Institute of Advanced Materials Chemistry, University of the Western Cape.

Prof. Hacker has published more than 100 research papers on hydrogen and fuel cells and received with his research group the State Prize of 2017  of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology for the project H2 Mobility.

Mr James Burchill, Head of Asset Operations, Gas Networks Ireland will speak on the topic of ‘Gas Grid Injection-The Challenges’. James Burchill has 20 years’ experience in all aspects of the Energy Utility Sector, having worked with Gas networks for 17 years.

James is currently Head of Operations in Gas Networks with responsibility for delivery of all Construction- Maintenance and Repair activities – Network Operations – Customer Response activities- Emergency Response Activities nationally.

Dr Helmut Lachmund, Manager Research & Development/Steelmaking, Dillinger Huttenwerke AG will speak on the topic of, ‘Prospects and Conditions for Co2 neutral steel production by 2050’.

Helmut Lachmund is manager of the R&D Department Steelmaking of Dillinger since 1999. He completed his diploma degree in metallurgy at the Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy at the University of Clausthal in 1987. Subsequently he became scientific assistant at this Institute and received his Ph.D. in 1991. Directly following he joined Dillinger in the R&D Department Steelmaking. In 1994 he  received an ATS Award from the French Iron and Steel Institute. In 2002 and 2008 he was recipient of the Charles H. Herty, Jr. Award of the AIST Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Division. In 2007 he was nominated as a member of the RFCS Technical Group “Steelmaking Processes” by the European Commission.

Professor Rolf Hemplemann, UdS, Sustainable Electrochemistry Tech Trans Centre, Saarland University will speak on the topic , ‘Hydrogen and STEM Sustainability Education in Saarland’s Schulerlabors’. Mr Hemplemann is a Senior Professor, Physical Chemistry and Didactics of Chemistry Scientific Co-ordainator TransferCentre Sustainable Electrochemistry, Saarland University and KIST Europe Forschingsges.

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