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Belfast Met College lands EU funding for hydrogen energy plans

By Margaret Canning

A Belfast Met project using renewable hydrogen for sustainable energy has won €9.39m (£8.4m) in European funding.

The college is leading the Gencomm project, which involves nine universities and companies around Europe.

Northern Ireland energy firms TK Renewables, Power NI parent Viridian and Williams Industrial Services have also signed up.

Gencomm aims to use the production and storage of hydrogen from renewable sources to meet demand for sustainable energy. The project will develop three schemes using solar power, wind power and bio-energy to make and store hydrogen.

The ambition is to establish the viability of the gas as a source of sustainable heat, power and fuel across north west Europe.

The award of €9.39m from the Interreg North-West Europe Programme is the biggest EU award ever won by Belfast Met.

Principal and chief executive Marie-Therese McGivern said clean energy storage marked a new epoch of Belfast industrial prowess after the linen and shipbuilding eras.

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