The Belfast Met led EU Hydrogen project have welcomed the announcement of the new Irish National Hydrogen Strategy. Read More
GENCOMM: GENerating energy secure COMMunities through Smart Renewable Hydrogen
GENCOMM will address the energy sustainability challenges of NWE communities through the implementation of smart hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The project validates the maturity of hydrogen technologies by implementing 3 pilot plants that link the 3 main northwest European renewable sources (Solar Power, Wind Power, and Bioenergy) with energy storage and the main forms of energetic demand (Heat, Power and Transportation fuels). Based on the pilot plants; integrated technical and financial simulation models will be developed. Together, both models will form a Decision Support Tool (DST) that provides a roadmap for communities to transition to renewable, hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The final goal of the project is, through the combination of sources and forms of demand, to lead NWE’s road to sustainability while granting hydrogen its position as a commercially viable energy medium for the future.
Project General Objective
GENCOMM aims to technically and financially validate the renewable H2 value chain and adapt it to a DST that leads NWE communities into sustainable, local and autonomous energy matrixes. The DST is directed to community energy stakeholders (utilities, policy-makers, and private firms in the energy sector), as the key agents to implement the proposed matrix. The project will first engage energetically and territorial remote communities to then address the rest of NWE.
Project Specific Objectives
- Empower communities to implement hydrogen-based energy matrixes to sustainably satisfy their energy demand.
- Stimulate the uptake of renewable hydrogen-based technologies by successfully running 3 demonstration facilities.
- Establish a strong group of energy stakeholders devoted to, through the use of hydrogen, “sustainabilise” the energy matrix of the NWE region.
The following chart links the Hydrogen Value Chain and the Project's work packages.
Viridian Energy Supply Limited
62 62 New Forge Land, Belfast,
10 Hydepark Rd, Newtownabbey
National University of Ireland Galway
1 University Road
17 Altenkesseler Str.
Pure Energy Centre
3 Hagdale Industrial Estate, Baltasound,
6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin
INSA Rouen Normandie
685 Avenue de l'Université - BP 08
Saint Etienne du Rouvray
BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
VUB Vrije Universiteit Brussel Building Z, Pleinlaan
52 Station Rd
Belfast Metropolitan College
398 Springfield Road
|Belfast Metropolitan College
398 Springfield Road
|Viridian Energy Supply Limited
|National University of Ireland Galway
|University of Luxembourg
|Pure Energy Centre
|INSA Rouen Normandie
|BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
|Kieran Mc Laughlin
An examination of how GenComm are delivering 'Energy Coupling'. Read More
The GenComm Legacy animation. Read More
The GenComm Green Hydrogen Pathways animation. Read More
The newly updated 2023 GenComm animation. Read More
GenComm Programme Manager Paul McCormack will make 2 presentations at the International Summer School in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology in Porto between June 21-23, 2023. Read More
Mr David Barnett, General Manager, Engineering, Translink, Mr David Butler Director, SGN Natural Gas will be the keynote speakers at the GenComm closing conference at Belfast Met’s E3 campus on May 31st, 2023. Read More
Paul McCormack, the Programme Manager of the Belfast Met led EU hydrogen project ‘GenComm’ will present a hydrogen paper at the UK’s largest low carbon energy event, ‘All Energy/Dcarbonise 2023’ in Glasgow on May 10-11 with the Scottish First Minister , the Rt Hon Humza Yousaf, MSP and a number of Scottish Government Ministers in attendance. Read More
The exploration of a Cork Hydrogen Valley, the Irish launch of the GenComm EST which helps determine routes for hydrogen buses and a visit by Hydrogen Europe are all happening at the Cork Partner Meeting of the Belfast Met led EU hydrogen project GenComm next week, (March 29-30, 2023) Read More
GenComm Partners including the University of Galway, Hy Energy Consultancy and Dublin City University have authored the 'Economics of Hydrogen and Associated Synthetic Fuels for Northern Ireland' report as part of the Hydrogen evidence base for the NI Energy Strategy. Read More
A paper by Dr. Bodo Groß and Pedro Aguilar.
A new report by Julia Machado, MSC, NUIG, Brendan Flynn, PhD, NUIG and Ian Williamson, Hy Energy Consultancy.
This new report has been prepared by NUI Galway with partners Hy Energy Consultancy and DCU.
The new paper 'Decarbonising city bus networks in Ireland with renewable hydrogen' authored by Tubagus Aryandi Gunawan, Rory Monaghan, Ian Williamson and Diana Raine from the GenComm partners NUIG and Hy Energy respectively has been published in the Science Direct Journal.
An INSA authored paper produced in March 2019.
Proceedings from the HEEP Conference in Hungary in May 2019.
GenComm Programme Manager Paul McCormack presents a GenComm presentation at the Sectoral Smart Energy Systems workshop at QUB.
The closing conference of the Belfast Met led EU hydrogen project GenComm was held at the Met's E3 campus on May 31st, 2023.
GenComm Programme Manager Paul McCormack made 3 separate presentations at the 2023 All Energy event in Glasgow.
GenComm Partner Meeting 23, March 30th 2023-Cork, Day Two Presentations, 'Hydrogen-Ireland's Opportunity'., UCC
Day Two of the GenComm Partner Meeting in Cork on March 30th, 2023 was held in UCC. The event was titled: 'Hydrogen-Ireland's Opportunity'.
Day one of the GenComm Partner Meeting in Cork on March 29th 2023 was held in the IBEC Centre in Cork.
A number of GenComm Partners presented in the GenComm Policy Session at EU Energy Week on the Commodification of Green Hydrogen.
The 22nd GenComm Partner Meeting was held in Saarbrücken over two days, December 15 and 16, 2022.
A number of GenComm Partners presented in the GenComm Policy Session at EU Energy Week on 'The Commodification of Green H2 for Europe'.
The 21st GenComm Partner Meeting was held in NUIG over two days, September 21 and 22, 2022.
The 20th GenComm Partner Meeting was held over two days, June 8-9, 2022 at the University of Luxembourg.
Newsletter 14-December 2020
Lead Partner on 2 work packages Management and Communication. Project lead, management and administration, skills development and training. Core link with all other partners in the work packages and also linking in with associate partners in the UK in the public sector, communities and industry.
By bringing together key national stakeholders and conducting techno-economic analyses for the use of hydrogen in many sectors, the University of Luxembourg was responsible for promoting the hydrogen economy in the country. They also collaborated closely with a local bus company to share lessons learned from GenComm for supporting the transition to a zero-emission fleet, to collect data for the Enabling Support Tool (EST), to validate the assumptions of the model, and to validate the usability of the online tool.
Energia will lead WP 7 project managing the planning, design, construction, testing and commissioning of large (500kW) hydrogen production facility pilot from wind energy. They will also have input in other work packages. Key expertise from Viridian includes renewable operations, energy trading and wind curtailment and modelling of the wind turbines.
NUI Galway will manage Work Package 8 "Long term Effects" They are the partner in charge of the delivery of the Decision Support Tool (DST). NUI Galway is a member organisation of MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland), a €30M Research Centre backed by industry partners and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Dr Monaghan will leverage his role as a Funded Investigator in MaREI to avail of expertise and synergies with other EU and industry-funded projects.
IZES will be the lead in WPI2 encompassing the SOLH2TRANSP route encompassing a pilot Solar-fueled H2 Refueling Station (HRS). The partner’s main role is then to examine and solve 4 different issues:  Validate renewable hydrogen production from solar power,  Quantify the power demand of a semi-autonomous HRS for hydrogen-fueled vehicles (HFCV),  Study the optimal capacities and operation parameters a commercial refueling station should fulfill to supply HFCVs and,  create the PPRM.
HYE will use this hydrogen sector expertise specifically in the verification of the data provided as input for the decision and enabling support tools working closely with NUIG. In addition, current hydrogen sector state-of-the-art will be provided for project studies and report.
Hydrogen application expertise and market knowledge will be used to develop the wider Irish hydrogen market. HYE will support Energia in the wind investment package on integrating the electrolysers and compression/trailer filling operations.
Pure Energy are the Work Package lead for WP I3 the biogas/anaerobic digester to hydrogen pilot. They will deliver the design, supply and delivery of hydrogen system at a biogas plant site in the Western Isle
Expertise in catalysis and catalytic processes development for smart hydrogen processes. Methanation pilot development, pilot scale up in WPI1, and technical process modeling in WPT1. Economical analysis of methanation, financial implications, cost benefits, carbon savings calculations in WPT2 that will serve in WPLT assisting with the delivery of Decision Support Tool.
INSA Rouen Normandie have extensive expertise in implementing a new energy-efficient technical model, hydrogen based, including renewable sources (solar, wind, biogas), hydrogen production, storage and methanation. Expertise in catalytic processes development for methanation: pilot development, pilot scale up, technical and economical process modeling. They will work as a partner in WPI3,the biogas to hydrogen plant developing the methanation process as well as working on WP1, WP2 and WP3.
TK Renewables will bring their mechanical, electrical and technical expertise to the project working with the partners. They will lead WP4 the Implementation Commercial package to develop and validate the market for the pilot plant outputs.
The BURN (comBUstion and Robust optimizatioN) joint research group is part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and contribute to this project as a partner involved in several work packages.
Paul Mc Cormack, GenComm Programme Manager, +44 (0)2890 265076 PaulMcCormack@belfastmet.ac.uk
Eugene McCusker, GenComm Communications Officer, +44 (0)2890 265211
Peter Smyth, GenComm Finance Manager, +44 (0)2890 265474 PSmyth@belfastmet.ac.uk
Mark Welsh, Energia
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Dr Rory Monaghan, NUI Galway
Bodo, IZES gGmbH
Ian Williamson, Hy Energy, Berkshire, England
Branca Delmonte, University of Luxembourg