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WEUN Workshop Call for Papers: How will Hydrogen Feature in the International Energy Mix post COP26?


WEUN Workshop Announcement

How will Hydrogen Feature in the International Energy Mix post COP26?

Call for Presentations

Following two highly successful virtual workshops hosted by CUP, Tulsa and Dundee, the WEUN Secretariat will organise two further workshops in 2021 to be hosted by Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI; in collaboration with the Energy Research Accelerator) in the run-up to COP26. The first of the two workshops, titled as above, will take place on 24th March2021.

We invite member universities to participate and submit proposals for speak at this workshop. Presentations are expected to be 10-15 minutes and could cover any aspects of the roles of hydrogen in the current and future energysystem.

By 2050 the establishment of a worldwide hydrogen economy would create a $2.5 trillion market for hydrogen and fuel cell equipment, and provide sustainable employment for more than 30 million people, while achieving the net- zero emission target with a global hydrogen production of 500-700 million tons/year. Germany have announced a €9 billion hydrogen investment programme, Japan has set the target to have a complete hydrogen society by 2050 and countries such as China, already the world's largest hydrogen producer with 25 million tons/year industrial hydrogen production, have major ambitions association with hydrogen based transport. It is clear that this is a rapidly growing component of the energy system and hence opportunity for partner nations.

Key Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2021

Workshop date: Wednesday 24 March 2021, 11:00-13:30 GMT

Please send your submissions to:

Professor Martin Freer and Dr Bing Liu M.Freer@bham.ac.uk; b.liu.2@bham.ac.uk


Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)

Established in 2014 and with a research portfolio of £200 million led by 200 academics, BEI is a cross-discipline energy institute with expertise from fundamental sciences and engineering through to business and economics to deliver coordinated research, education and the development of global partnerships. BEI consists of strong groupings, many of which are internationally recognised leading research centres, in the areas of energy storage, nuclear energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, economics, transport, electricity and smart grids, materials for energy applications, sustainability, strategic elements & critical materials, energy law and regulation, and batteries.

Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) led by the University of Birmingham is a partnership of 8 internationally- renowned universities in the Midlands of the UK, plus British Geological Survey. ERA aims at working with the government, industry and the high education sectors to undertake innovative research, develop the next generation of energy leaders, and to demonstrate low carbon technologies that help shape the future energy landscape of the UK andbeyond.

Worldwide Energy University Network (WEUN)  

Since its founding in 2108, the WEUN has established its General Assembly and the Secretariat, set up WEUN Offices in both Beijing and Karamay Campus of China University of Petroleum-Beijing (CUP). In 2019 WEUN successfully held two China-based summer schools for students from member universities, launched its website in Chinese and English, and published 7 reports on WEUN work. In 2019, 14 member universities received delegations from CUP, while 17 groups of 62 persons from member universities visited CUP. These visits led to more than 400 academics teaching and research cooperation and more than 60 undergraduate exchanges between CUP and other member universities. In May 2020, the WEUN accepted three new members: the University of Tulsa from the USA, the Industrial University of Tyumen from Russia and the Instituto Superior Técnico from Portugal. The WEUN now has 31 member universities. On July 22 2020, the WEUN together with CUP, the University of Birmingham and the University of Tulsa held the first workshop on “Energy Education and Research – Short and Long Term Strategy”, which was well attended by nearly 200 participants including university leaders, experts and scholars from 14 countries.