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Hydrogen in the spotlight at 30th All-Energy/Dcarbonise webinar


By Calum MacLeod

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Barry Carruthers, director of hydrogen at Scottish Power.
Barry Carruthers, director of hydrogen at Scottish Power.

Hydrogen and the role it can play in Scotland's green energy revolution will be the topic for discussion at the 30th webinar in the All-Energy/Dcarbonise series next week.

Sponsored by ScottishPower, Hydrogen: From Hype to Reality takes place at 10am on Tuesday, March 30. Registration is open here

Chaired by Barry Carruthers, director of hydrogen at Scottish Power, the webinar will focus on real projects that are underway, as well as the influence of major market-shaping factors over the next decade. The panelists will be: Dr Eugene McKenna, managing director of green hydrogen at Johnson Matthey; Joanne Allday, strategic business development manager, Port of Cromarty Firth; Johnathan Reynolds, director and co-founder, Hydrogen East; Abigail Dombey, chairwoman of Hydrogen Sussex; and Simon Ellis, head of global gas analysis,.

Mr Carruthers said: “The bubble of excitement around the potential benefits from an emerging hydrogen sector is ever increasing. With more than £350 million capital grant funding expected to be unleashed by both the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Scottish Government in coming months, the bubble of excitement will quickly have to move to real projects.

“The hydrogen supply and demand ecosystem can benefit greatly from the clustering of demand across multiple users and therefore this session focuses on example clusters coming to reality across the UK. Initial phases of these projects may be centred around an immediate customer and use, but each region can highlight a vast and ambitious vision that will greatly impact the nation’s net zero goals.

“However, to deliver these ambitious projects, the longer-term market dynamics will be critical and forecasting in an emerging market can greatly influence imminent investment decisions. The role of supply chain growth and ambitions of major industrial organisations is a foundation for clean sector jobs, economic value, and hydrogen economy growth across the UK and beyond.”

Portfolio and event director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions, added: “We are delighted to host this webinar and thank ScottishPower for bringing us such an interesting angle. This will be our third dedicated-hydrogen webinar since May 2020, but I can guarantee that hydrogen has been mentioned in a good half of all that we have done, such as in last week’s UKRI-sponsored session, Decarbonising UK’s industry: A Path to Net Zero, which attracted nearly 640 registrations. Like all 29 of our earlier webinars, it is available on demand at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk.

“We look forward to staging All-Energy and the co-located Dcarbonise at Glasgow’s SEC on August 18 and 19. The Call for papers is open on the All-Energy website at www.all-energy.co.uk with a closing date of March 31 2021.”


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