Several pioneering hydrogen (H2) researchers will seek to lift the lid on the most viable ways to create low-carbon cities across the UK at the All-Energy conference, which takes place in Glasgow in the coming days.

Current studies of the following academics seek to demonstrate that the combination of H2 production with carbon-capture technology could decarbonise the heat, power and transport needs of entire cities across the UK.

Dr. Hyungwoong Ahn of the University of Edinburgh will describe his study of a biomass gasification combined heat and power (CHP) plant with carbon capture in a session at the event.

Subsequent phases of his research include a demonstration project in South Korea using coal gasification as the H2 source. This is of particular importance for the North Pacific rim and Southern Asian countries, such as China, India and South Korea, where coal is expected to be a significant energy source in the future.

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Dr. Ahn will also explain how his technology for this project could be scaled up for large-scale delivery of H2 to form part of other initiatives, such as the Leeds Citygate project, which seeks to redesign the UK city’s gas network.

Dan Sadler of the Northern Gas Network will also deliver his ideas for ways to decarbonise Leeds in a session at the conference. He will detail plans to repurpose natural gas networks to deliver H2 as a source of heat and power for businesses and homes across the city.

Additionally, Alastair Rennie of AMEC will interject in the main carbon capture and storage (CCS) session to talk about the role that steam reforming combined with CCS could have to provide low cost and low-carbon H2 in bulk.


The All-Energy conference is taking place on the 4th and 5th of May in Glasgow, Scotland, and is the UK’s largest renewable energy event.