The University’s expertise in how sustainable hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology can help the UK’s ambition to reach Net Zero by 2050 featured in a special inquiry at Parliament.
Amer Gaffar, Director of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, gave evidence to the House of Lords about the role of batteries and fuel cell technology in achieving the 2050 goal.
The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, a £4 million facility at the University, is dedicated to the development of renewable energy through research in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. It is also committed to the development of skills in the clean energy sector and training the future workforce in preparation for a Net Zero UK.
Net Zero involves achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and removing the equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Amer, who has more than 17 years’ experience in the green energy sector, was invited to give evidence to Parliament for a new inquiry, which has been opened by the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Lords.
The inquiry aims to consider the use of batteries and fuel cell technologies in the transport sector as well as for power grids, agriculture and heat production.
Amer said: “The inquiry was focused on the role and readiness level of both batteries and fuel cells as a low carbon energy solution, and my evidence was based on our policy, skills and critically the work that our researchers are doing with small and medium-sized enterprises in Greater Manchester and with the industrial and political sector.
“Our shared agenda was clear, a number of technologies, including both batteries and fuel cells, will help us towards a Net Zero future, but they are to play just part in the overall solution. Like other green energy solutions, these technologies are suited to different environments and needs.
“It was also agreed by all that the development of Net Zero skills was critical to us being able to achieve Net Zero.”