Hydrogen research hub awarded £11 million to help UK reach Net Zero targets

The University of Warwick is one of several partners to benefit from £11m funding as part of a new hydrogen research hub.

Hydrogen and hydrogen-based low-carbon liquid fuels, such as ammonia, are essential for the UK to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Hydrogen is a highly versatile energy vector suitable for use in many hard-to-decarbonise sectors where other energy options, such as electricity, are not suitable.

The UK Hub for Research Challenges in Hydrogen and Alternative Liquid Fuels (UK-HyRES) will pave the way on the UK’s future approach to hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels (H&ALFs). It aims to become an international leader in hydrogen research and to deliver practical hydrogen and alternative liquid fuel technologies that are safe and sustainable.

The UK-HyRES Hub will identify, prioritise and deliver solutions to research challenges that will accelerate the take up of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels. This hub will also provide a network and collaboration platform to tackle research challenges that underpin the production, storage distribution and end use of H&ALFs.

The hub’s unique structure has been developed to deliver maximum impact - focusing on different technical themes:

Production, storage and distribution of hydrogen End use and alternative liquid fuels Environmental, economic and social sustainability Safety Alongside Warwick, the hub involves The University of Bath, The University of Sheffield, University College London, University of Portsmouth, St Andrews University and University of Surrey. It will be led by the University of Bath’s Professor Tim Mays, the UK-HyRES also includes Professor Shanwen Tao from Warwick’s School of Engineering who is a Hub Co-Director and leads the Alternative Liquid Fuels theme.

Professor Tao said: "Hydrogen and Alternative Liquid Fuels will be a hugely important part of the future as the UK moves towards net zero and it’s important to work out where, when and how it makes sense to produce, transport and use these fuels. I am very excited to co-Direct the UK-HyRES Hub and lead on the Alternative Fuels theme."

A pipeline of national, interdisciplinary research projects that can deliver practical H&ALF technologies will also be co-ordinated by the UK-HyRES team. This will include efforts to de-couple fossil fuels from our energy system and deliver greener energy for transport, heating, power and industrial decarbonisation. The team will develop UK-HyRES into a global centre of excellence and impact in hydrogen and alternative liquid fuel research within its five-year

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UKRI, said: "The government has set a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, requiring rapid decarbonisation of our energy systems. UKRI is leveraging its ability to work across disciplines to support this ambition through a major portfolio of investments that will catalyse innovation and new green energy systems.

"The funding announced today will support researchers and innovators to develop game changing ideas to improve domestic, industrial and transport energy systems."