Cranfield University’s state-of-the-art hydrogen pilot plant, HyPER, has scooped a prestigious accolade at the Hydrogen Awards 2023.
HyPER (Bulk Hydrogen Production by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming) is testing an innovative hydrogen production technology that substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It will examine the potential for low-carbon hydrogen to be the clean fuel of the future and is led by Dr Peter Clough, Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering.
The Hydrogen awards recognise outstanding research and innovation in hydrogen at universities across the UK and at the British Geological Survey. Cranfield University achieved the honour in the Academic Excellence in Hydrogen Research and Innovation category.
Dr Peter Clough said: “Winning this award is a fantastic achievement for Cranfield University’s HyPER project and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team. Our commitment to advancing hydrogen research and innovation is unwavering, and this award serves as recognition of our efforts in tackling the global challenge of decarbonisation. We will continue to push the boundaries of hydrogen technology and work towards a sustainable future for generations to come.”
Chris Fogwill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the School of Water, Energy and Environment at Cranfield University, said: “I’m thrilled that the HyPER project has won this award. With HyPER, we’re working to create a sustainable future that benefits society, the economy, and the environment.”
Professor Upul Wijayantha, Head of the Centre for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy at Cranfield University, was involved in a project nominated in the same category at the awards. The project sought to develop a device combining battery and electrolyser to generate green hydrogen, and forms part of his work from his previous research at Loughborough University.
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Cranfield University’s work in hydrogen spans all aspects of generating, storing and using the fuel, with research covering many sectors including aerospace, energy, marine and automotive. Find out more about Cranfield’s hydrogen work.