The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Supergen Hub (H2FC Supergen) is an open forum for all with an interest in the development, application and end use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Its core aim is to address the key issues facing the hydrogen and fuel cells sector including identifying, studying and exploiting the impact of hydrogen and fuel cells in low carbon energy systems. The hub will also evaluate and demonstrate the role of hydrogen and fuel cell research in the UK energy landscape.
H2FC Supergen is funded by EPSRC through the RCUK Energy Programme. It received £4.1M funding to run for five years, beginning 1 May 2012 with a projected end date of 30 April 2017 (Grant number: EP/J016454/1).
The hub was proposed by Energy Futures Lab alongside Imperial's Department of Earth Science and Engineering and four industrial partners, Air Products & Chemicals Plc, Ceres Power Ltd, Intelligent Energy Ltd and Johnson Matthey.
The H2FC Supergen Coordinator post is based in the Energy Futures Lab office.
The H2FC supergen has 10 core projects and around 10 Flexible fund projects directly funded by the hub. The programme funds the following work at Imperial through these:
- Building the “perfect” PEFC fuel cell electrode [PDF]
- Application of 3D imaging and analysis to the design of improved current collectors for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells [PDF]
One of H2FC SUPERGEN's outputs are evidence-based white papers aimed at informing key stakeholders, especially policy makers, of the role of hydrogen and fuel cells can play in various areas.
So far they have covered the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in:
In the future they will produce others covering the areas of:
- Low carbon energy systems
- Future low carbon transport systems
- Secure and affordable energy supplies