GENCOMM: GENerating energy secure COMMunities through Smart Renewable Hydrogen

Project Summary

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

  1. Empower communities to implement hydrogen-based energy matrixes to sustainably satisfy their energy demand.
  2. Stimulate the uptake of renewable hydrogen-based technologies by successfully running 3 demonstration facilities.
  3. 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.

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Project Partners

  • Viridian Energy Supply Limited

    62 62 New Forge Land, Belfast,
    BT9 5NF
    United Kingdom

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  • Hy Energy

    10 Hydepark Rd, Newtownabbey
    BT36 4PY
    United Kingdom

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  • National University of Ireland Galway

    1 University Road

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  • IZES gGmbH

    17 Altenkesseler Str.

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  • Pure Energy Centre

    3 Hagdale Industrial Estate, Baltasound,
    United Kingdom

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    6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin

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  • INSA Rouen Normandie

    685 Avenue de l'Université - BP 08
    Saint Etienne du Rouvray

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  • BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    VUB Vrije Universiteit Brussel Building Z, Pleinlaan
    1050 Elsene

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  • TK Renewables

    52 Station Rd
    United Kingdom

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  • Belfast Metropolitan College

    398 Springfield Road
    BT12 7DU
    United Kingdom

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Belfast Metropolitan College 398 Springfield Road
BT12 7DU
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
Viridian Energy Supply Limited Mark Welsh United Kingdom
Hy Energy Ian Williamson United Kingdom
National University of Ireland Galway Rory Monaghan Ireland
IZES gGmbH Bodo Groß Germany
University of Luxembourg Branca Delmonte Luxembourg
Pure Energy Centre Elizabeth Johnson United Kingdom
ENSICAEN Federico Azzolina-Jury France
INSA Rouen Normandie Isabelle Polaert France
BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Francesco Contino Belgium
TK Renewables Kieran Mc Laughlin United Kingdom


German ministry supports GenComm work

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GenComm has been praised for helping an area of Germany become a hydrogen model region. Speaking ahead of her appearance at the 22nd GenComm Partner Meeting being held this time in Saarland, Germany, on December 15-16 Ms Elena Yorgova Ramanauskas, State Secretary Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digital and Energy in Saarland welcomed GenComm and its work. Read More

GenComm to address INFORM Network as an example of good communications

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GenComm Programme Manager Paul McCormack will today , (November 18, 2022) address the INFORM EU Network in Portugal. The Communications work completed by the GenComm project since 2017 has been acknowledged as an example for European projects of strategic communications and project dissemination. INFORM is a European network of Communication Officers with the ultimate goal of establishing stronger co-operation between the European Commission and EU Programmes. Read More

WorldSkills UK days at Belfast Met include Hydrogen aspects

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Belfast Metropolitan College are set to hold part of the WorldSkills UK 2022 National Finals and this year there will be a special H2 (hydrogen) presentation as part of World Skills. Over two days, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November 2022 there will be two 2 hour sessions each day with an introduction by Chris Corken Head of School of Engineering and Construction at Belfast Metropolitan College. Read More

Battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, an analysis of alternative powertrains as a means to decarbonise the transport sector
The national shaping of Europe's emerging hydrogen strategies

A new report by Julia Machado, MSC, NUIG, Brendan Flynn, PhD, NUIG and Ian Williamson, Hy Energy Consultancy.

The national shaping of Europe's emerging hydrogen strategies.

Hydrogen-Exploring opportunities in the Northern Ireland Energy Transition

This new report has been prepared by NUI Galway with partners Hy Energy Consultancy and DCU.

Hydrogen Exploring opportunities in the Northern Ireland Energy Transition

Decarbonising city bus networks in Ireland with renewable hydrogen-December 2020

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.

Remarkably stable & efficient Ni and Ni Co-catalysts for CO2 methanation-Mar 2019, published April 2020

An INSA authored paper produced in March 2019.






HEEP Conference Proceedings, May 2019

Proceedings from the HEEP Conference in Hungary in May 2019.

Renewable smart hydrogen for a sustainable future
At what cost can renewable hydrogen offset fossil fuel use in Ireland's gas network
Techno-economic uncertainty quantification and robust design optimization of a directly coupled photovoltaic -electrolyzer system
BURN research group paper Robust Optimization
Towards techno-economic evaluation of renewable hydrogen production from wind curtailment and injection into the irish gas network
How can power to ammonia be robust ?


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Belfast Metropolitan College

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.

University of Luxembourg

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.

Viridian Energy Supply Limited

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.

National University of Ireland Galway

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: [1] Validate renewable hydrogen production from solar power, [2] Quantify the power demand of a semi-autonomous HRS for hydrogen-fueled vehicles (HFCV), [3] Study the optimal capacities and operation parameters a commercial refueling station should fulfill to supply HFCVs and, [4] create the PPRM.

Hy Energy

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 Centre

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

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

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.

BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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

Eugene McCusker, GenComm Communications Officer, +44 (0)2890 265211

Peter Smyth, GenComm Finance Manager, +44 (0)2890 265474



Mark Welsh, Energia



Dr Rory Monaghan, NUI Galway 



Bodo, IZES gGmbH



Hy Energy

Ian Williamson, Hy Energy, Berkshire, England



Branca Delmonte, University of Luxembourg






























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