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HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS Section 7 Networks
 Author  by Dr Geoff Dutton and Dr Jim Halliday of STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
and Dr Tim Mays
University of Bath
 Last Updated  10 April 2013
 Status  Peer reviewed document
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Table 7.1: Networks

The Energy Generation & Supply Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) includes a group for Fuel Cells & Hydrogen.

The UKHFCA (United Kingdom Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association) was established as a trade association in 2010 (from the merger of Fuel Cells UK and the UK Hydrogen Association), taking over the information dissemination role previously carried out by the now defunct UK Hydrogen Energy Network (H2NET). A similar body exists in Scotland (Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association).

In addition, hydrogen plays a role in other networking arrangements specific to transport energy use in the UK. See UKERC Transport Landscape for further information.

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Table 7.1: Networks

             
 Network  Date Established  Description  Membership Profile  Activities
H2NET 2000, closed in 2007 Founded in 2000 as an EPSRC Network; part-funded 2003-2007 with support from DTI   Now defunct, web-site of useful resources still maintained
Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association 2004   63  
UKHFCA (United Kingdom Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association) 2010 The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association acts on behalf of its members to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. Members include the leading UK fuel cell and hydrogen companies as well as organisations from the academic community and a range of other stakeholders with an interest in these clean energy solutions and the associated elements of the supply chain.
The Association was launched in summer 2010 following the merger of Fuel Cells UK and the UK Hydrogen Association.
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  • All fuel cell types and applications;
  • The full fuel cell supply chain (from research into material science through to systems integration and distribution);
  • Hydrogen production and storage;
  • Hydrogen infrastructure; and
  • Other issues around the delivery, storage and use of associated fuels.
Energy Generation and Supply KTN Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Group 2010 The role of the EG&S KTN is to simplify the UK Energy Innovation landscape by providing a clear and focused vehicle for the rapid transfer of high-quality information on technologies, markets, funding and partnering opportunities. The result will be an acceleration of developing technologies up the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) ladder.  
  • Provide UK industry and supply chain players with the opportunities to meet and network with businesses, academia, utilities and other energy innovation stakeholders, and the private investment community, in the UK and internationally
  • Provide clarity regarding the issues affecting innovative energy technology exploitation at various stages along the innovation pipeline
  • Enable effective knowledge transfer between all relevant people and organisations, in particular ensuring a match between utility and industrial needs, and supply-chain technology/research capabilities
  • Encourage the flow of people, knowledge and experience between policy groups, industry, the science base and the utility/generating community, with the common aim of delivering products and services that meet a clear energy need and are commercially attractive
  • Attract and optimise the various funding sources by use of roadmapping and market analysis
  • Provide a forum for a coherent industry voice to inform Government policy making and the private investment community
  • Provide advice on the various support mechanisms (public and private) available to the research base and industry
London Hydrogen Partnership 2002 The Partnership was launched in April 2002 to work towards a hydrogen economy for London and the UK.    
  • Produce and implement the London Hydrogen Action Plan as a route map for clean energy
  • Establish and maintain dialogue among all sectors/actors relevant to the hydrogen economy
  • Disseminate relevant materials
  • Provide a platform for funding bids and initiation of projects
Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership 2002 Created as the result of a recommendation by the Automotive Innovation and Growth Team in 2002.    
Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Vehicles and Fuel Cells (Cenex) 2005 Cenex is a UK government initiative supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It is managed by a small team of full-time staff, supported by secondees for industry. The Cenex management team reports into a Board of Directors consisting of representatives from a core group of member organisations. These members cover the broad cross-section of UK industry interested in low carbon and fuel cell technologies and have played an active role in defining the structure, aims, objectives and priorities for the centre.    

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