The Co-ordinator for Research Challenges in Hydrogen and Alternative Liquid Fuels project (UK-HyRES) is funded by the UKRI for six months from 1 April 2022. 

UK-HyRES is engaging nationally with academic, industrial and policy stakeholders to discuss and identify research challenges the solutions to which will accelerate the deployment of sustainable H&ALF technologies to help the country achieve its legally binding net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 and hence contribute to mitigating disastrous global heating. 

One of the main engagement routes is via facilitated workshops which are promoted widely in H&LF and associated communities in the UK.  The outcomes from these workshops will inform and shape the development of a UKRI Centre of Research Excellence in HA&LFs to start in 2023.

The themed workshop reports are now available for download by following the links below.


You can watch the recordings, view the workshop reports and Scriberia outputs of our themed workshops by following the relevant links.

21st October- 09:30 to 14:00

20th July – 09:30 to 12:30

Alternative liquid fuels such as ammonia are increasingly regarded as a key component of the future energy mix towards the net zero imperative. Through our launch workshop, you also told us that alternative liquid fuels was one of the major areas that you wanted to discuss. On the 20th July UK-HyRES held the fourth themed workshop focused on the research challenges, future vision and opportunities surrounding ammonia and alternative liquid fuels to answer that call.

Discussion focused not only around ammonia but also of some other alternatives such as ethanol, methanol and formic acid

5th July – 09:30 to 12:30

The end use of hydrogen is crucial to accelerating the uptake of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels in pursuit of net zero. In the workshop we watched an enlightening video, recommended by Nigel Holmes (Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)  and produced by Ben Burman, summarising the motivation and challenges in hydrogen uptake.

Later in the workshop, Anthony Kurcernak (Imperial College London) delivered an insight talk on the strategic drivers for change, highlighting the many end users with a stake in the hydrogen economy. Qiong Cai (University of Surrey) gave the final insight talk, with her perspective on the future vision for hydrogen fuel cell technology, such as cheaper and more durable catalysts.

16th June – 13:30 to 16:30

Workshops 3 took place on the 16th June 2022, 13:30-16:30. Engaging insight talks were delivered during each session.

David Book (University of Birmingham) and Chris Manson-Whitton (Progressive Energyset the landscape with their strategic drivers for change talk. We also heard from Gavin Walker (University of Nottingham) and Shubi Mukherjee (Ceres Power), who also delivered their future vision for storage. All four storage insight talks are available to watch below, as well as the full workshop recording.

16th June – 09:30 to 12:30

Workshops 2 took place on the 16th June 2022, 09:30-12:30. There was engagement from the full spectrum of stakeholders across the hydrogen economy.

Anton Orpin-Massey (Senior Policy Advisor, Hydrogen Production Strategy, BEISand Richard Sulley (Net Zero project director at the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authorityspoke about the strategic drivers for change. Marcus Newborough (Development Director at ITM Powerand Patricia Thornley (Director Supergen Bioenergy Hub) later discussed their future vision.

9th May – 13:30 to 16:30

The UK-HyRES launch workshop took place online with the project team present in person at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution following a Board meeting in the morning.

There was excellent engagement across academia, industry, government, consultancies, consortia and NGOs with over 130 attendees, many staying on for the full three hours.

The main focus was to introduce the team and establish a basis for the upcoming workshops. Key insights were generated following the Theory of Change framework.

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