Our 2018 conference presentations

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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Showcase

School of Chemical Engineering (Y11 on the Campus Map), University of Birmingham, Thursday 31st May 2018

This showcase will give you the opportunity to hear about the exciting developments taking place in this sector, including details of Birmingham’s first publically available Hydrogen refuelling station. You will see how Hydrogen fits into the Energy Capital’s vision for the Midlands and how Cadent is finding ways incorporate Hydrogen into the gas grid with their HyDeploy programme. During the showcase you will also learn more about the exciting research taking place at the University of Birmingham and details how free support from the ATETA programme could benefit your business.

This showcase is ideal for those who are new to the industry and want to understand how they can take advantage of the opportunities that will arise from Hydrogen and Fuel Cells taking their place as a part of the future energy mix.

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Regional Energy Policy Commission Launch Event

The Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Wednesday 28th March 2018

The move to cleaner economic growth is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time with one estimate stating the UK’s clean economy could grow at four times the rate of GDP. Investing in the energy sector is crucial to the UK economy, it has the potential to create whole new industries whilst transforming existing ones.

This event is the public launch of the report of the Regional Energy Policy Commission. Established in 2017 by the Mayor of the West Midlands, its brief has been to identify the best ways for the West Midlands to take advantage of the growing economic opportunities generated by the energy sector worldwide.

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Understanding the UK’s Industrial Strategy – Opportunities and Impacts

Energy Systems Catapult, Cannon House, Birmingham, Thursday 15th February 2018

Following the launch of the new Industrial Strategy in December 2017, this event will explore the key themes of the strategy and the impact it will have on your small to medium-sized enterprises. This event will help you;

  • understand the key impacts and opportunities made available to your business
  • review the key priority technologies being supported through the strategy
  • identify the opportunities within your own business whilst exploring the various support available
  • recognise the funding and support available for business investing in Innovation and R&D

Please note places are limited.

To find out more about this free workshop and to register to attend please click here.

Looking for Funding?

St Paul’s Club, Birmingham Wednesday 6 December

Join us and gain access to a wide range of funding opportunities to help your business. By attending this valuable insight event you will have access to:

  • what’s on offer
  • how to get the funding
  • ideas on how to make your proposition more investable
  • the experts and time to discuss your requirements
  • networking opportunities

Register your interest now
Email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 3383

Is your business seeking new market opportunities?

EBRI Master Class Course: Bioenergy

EBRI will be running the two-day course at the following locations (but hurry as places are limited):

Coventry: 6-7 September 2017

Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub, CV1 2WT – please click here to register your place.

Birmingham: 15-16 November 2017

European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University, B4 7ET – please click here to register your place.

EBRI’s Master Class Course provides exclusive content for entrepreneurs and business leaders covering the technical and commercial fundamentals of bioenergy. Companies looking to develop new products and services can benefit from attending this event, as can those who are simply looking for a better understanding of the bioenergy market.

Earlier this year, EBRI kicked-off its new series of the Course which has been highly acclaimed by the local business community: 90% of attendees have rated it ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’.  To hear more feedback watch their new short video.

Their new team of world-leading engineers and scientists has designed a tailor-made course to introduce the practical skills, concepts and strategies your business needs to achieve success in the bioenergy sector. By 2020 this sector is expected to generate £12 billion of new market opportunities in the UK supply chain.

Topics covered:

•         Technologies & Feedstock
•         Supply Chains
•         Business Models
•         Policy & Incentives

Who should attend?

SME business leaders and entrepreneurs in the West Midlands seeking:

  • New opportunities in the bioeconomy marketplace including biomass, biorefining, bioenergy, biofuels and biobased products and services.
  • Expert advice and guidance to help develop bioenergy solutions that are right for their organisation.

There will be no charge for eligible* companies to attend this event.

*SME businesses located within the following West Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas: Greater Birmingham and Solihull; Black Country; Coventry and Warwickshire; The Marches; and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

For further information, please call +44 (121) 204 3383 or email: bioenergy@aston.ac.uk


Energy from Waste and Waste to Energy

20th-21st July, 2017 – Aston University, Birmingham – European Bioenergy Research Institute free, 2 day workshop (sponsored by SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub and the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University)

Where are EfW and WtE going? Focussing on the challenges, opportunities, research and development required

Presentation and active workshops will cover:

  • Policies
  • Waste quantities, composition, trends
  • Waste preparation and pretreatment
  • Conversion technologies
  • Products and upgrades: heat, power, fuel
  • Extracting value from waste
  • Circular economy concepts
  • Environmental impacts and sustainability

This workshop will be ideal for:

  • Waste management companies
  • Local authorities
  • Policy setting bodies
  • Technology development companies
  • Research organisations
  • Project development companies
  • Consultants

Click here to complete a registration form, which should then be submitted to Emma Wylde, Aston University.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conferences – Double Header

14th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference – Gearing up for Commercialisation

13th March, 2018 – NEC, Birmingham

This conference will explore all aspects of the commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, including in transport, large and small scale stationary and portable applications, the production of hydrogen, and installation of hydrogen infrastructure.

To book online, please click here.

For information about sponsorship, exhibitor opportunities, and early bird prices for delegates, please click here.

Alternatively, please contact Jacqui Staunton, Project Director at Climate Change Solutions.

Telephone: +44 7866 552 833

Email: Jacqui.Staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk

5th Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Conference

14th March, 2018 – Birmingham

This conference is the UK’s technical platform and showcase for academia and industry, working together to present new trends and results. Topics will include low and high temperature fuel cell development, hydrogen production and infrastructure, system development and demonstration projects, and fuel cell market introduction.

Call for abstracts opens in September 2017

To book online, please click here.

For information about early bird prices for delegates, please click here.

Alternatively, please contact Ahmad El-kharouf.

Telephone: +44 121 414 5081

Email: fch2conference@contacts.bham.ac.uk

These events are run in collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Climate Change Solutions. A special rate will be offered for two day attendees.


Joint European Summer School on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser and Battery Technologies (JESS 2017)

11th -15th September, 2017 – Introductory Courses

18th – 22nd September, 2017 – Advanced Courses

The summer school will take place over a two week period in Vouliagmeni, near Athens. Participants can select from seven individual course modules, which are accredited at DTU, the University of Birmingham, and RWTH Aachen.

Week one offers three comprehensive introductions aimed at students and professionals within the fields of low and high temperature fuel cell and electrolysis, and in battery technology.

Week two offers four advanced courses for students and professionals with a few years’ experience, covering the fields of fuel cell vehicles, business development, modelling, and hydrogen safety.

All lectures will be delivered by distinguished experts from both industry and academia.

To view a tentative programme schedule, please click here.

For updates and information, please visit the JESS website.

All enquiries should be addressed to Mr John Hooper, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT.

Telephone: +44 121 414 5275

Email: j.c.hooper@bham.ac.uk


Making Urban Transitions Happen: Lessons from Eight Cities

Climate-KIC invite you to attend their Transitions Cities Conference, which will take place on 7th June, 2017 at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Office, Avenue d’Auderghem 22 – 28, Brussels.

The Transitions Cities project works with eight cities from across Europe to create a new approach to tackling climate change, by building an integrated innovation system for the transition to a low carbon economy.

The conference will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Hear what Transition Cities has done and how it offers new skills and capacity for practitioners.
  • Learn about how this can transform your city’s low carbon work in the future.
  • See how this fits into EU Commission and policy thinking.

This event will feature a number of influential speakers from across Europe, excellent opportunities for networking, and full details of the services offered through this project.

To book your free ticket, please click here.

For further information, please contact catherine.shelley@climate-kic.org


Midlands Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Network presents: Midlands Showcase

Be part of consolidating the West Midlands’ position as a leader in the hydrogen economy and learn about the many benefits available to the region from this exciting sector.

The event will take place between 9 am and 1230 pm on 17th May, 2017 at Energy Systems Catapult’s state-of-the-art offices at Cannon House, Birmingham. It will feature a number of hydrogen fuel cell companies, projects and speakers, who will explain how this innovative technology will fit into the future energy mix. The event will also provide plenty of opportunities for collaboration between delegates.

For further information and to book your free ticket, please click here.

Please note, there are also excellent opportunities for sponsorship and/or exhibiting. For further information about this, please contact Jacqui Staunton, Project Director, Climate Change Solutions Limited:

Email: jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk

Telephone: 024 76 217749/0786 655 2833

Launch Event: Birmingham – Fraunhofer Joint Research Platform

Academia and Industry will come together in an initiative aimed at forging closer ties between leading-edge renewable technology in the UK and Europe.

The platform’s main focus will be accelerating renewable energy technology routes to market.

The launch takes place on 17th May, 2017 at The University of Birmingham.

Highlights will include:

  • Exploring Fraunhofer’s new Thermo-Catalytic Reforming Technology
  • An inaugural lecture from Professor Andreas Hornung, Chair in Bioenergy at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Fraunhofer UMSICHT
  • The official joint research platform signing ceremony

Both organisations will promote mobility of research staff and students to encourage the exchange of knowledge.

Book you free ticket here.

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference and Network

The Enterprise Europe Network invite you to participate in an international brokerage event and conference devoted to hydrogen and fuel cells. The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference and Network Event takes place on 14th March, 2017 at The NEC, Birmingham.

The event offers you the opportunity to:

  • Promote your technology and expertise to a range of UK and international organisations
  • Access the latest technological developments from around the world
  • Develop partnerships leading to technological and commercial collaboration
  • Appreciate developments in the sector and highlight opportunities

For further information please click here.

As part of the event, 4pm – 5pm:

Midlands Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Network

The West Midlands aims to become the UK’s leader in the hydrogen economy, which will increase investment, jobs, and the region’s international profile. This network aims to support the region’s development as a leader of this exciting sector.

Speakers include Dr Michaela Kendall, Co-founder of Adelan Limited; Councillor Lisa Trickett, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and the Environment; Matthew Rhodes,  Chair of Energy Capital UK and Director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP; Mike Waters, TfWM Head of Policy and Strategy of the West Midlands Combined Authority; and Professor John Jostins, Founder of Microcab Limited.

For further information and to book your free place, please contact Tony McNally:

Email: tony@climate-change-solutions.co.uk

Phone: 02476 217 746

Unleashing the Energy Opportunity

The Energy Systems Catapult invites you to attend the grand opening of their modern, high-tech premises at Cannon House, Birmingham.

The event takes place on 15th March, 2017, between 3pm and 7:30pm.

The move to Cannon House will help the Energy Systems Catapult in their mission to capture innovation opportunities for the UK; and in their collaborative work with other organisations, in order to make energy cleaner, more affordable, secure and sustainable.

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour the facilities
  • Discover more about groundbreaking projects
  • Learn about the progress Energy Systems Catapult are making across every sector
  • Be the first to hear about new initiatives and announcements
  • See how they can collaborate on exciting new plans
  • A keynote speech will be delivered by a distinguished guest (more details to follow)

To secure your place, please click here.

Please note, registration closes on 8th March, 2017

UK Energy Innovation Awards

The Energy Innovation Centre are holding their 8th annual UK Energy Innovation Awards on Thursday, 28th September, 2017. The ceremony, and an accompanying dinner, will take place at The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool.

The awards are aimed at SME innovators with ground-breaking technologies that have the potential to help UK distribution networks address major energy challenges.

The 12 categories are:

  1. Best electricity network improvement
  2. Best gas network improvement
  3. Best innovation implemented or adopted by a contractor
  4. Best innovation contributing to quality and reliability of electricity supply
  5. Best innovation contributing to quality and reliability of gas supply
  6. Best international trade award
  7. Best offshore renewables innovation
  8. Best safety innovation
  9. Environmental impact
  10. Best smart grid innovation
  11. Best university technology
  12. Losses award

For further information about the awards and how to enter, please click here.