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A world-leading Ulster University academic has highlighted the integral role that university research plays in the development of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, as the UK strives to provide more cost competitive, low carbon technologies for the energy market.

Professor Vladimir Molkov from Ulster University was speaking at the H2FC (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell) SUPERGEN annual conference, a major global conference designed to address key challenges facing the hydrogen and fuel cell sector.

Hosted at the University’s Jordanstown campus, the conference is being delivered by a consortium of top UK academics and key industry figures, which includes Ulster University’s leading experts in hydrogen safety engineering. The three-day event covers areas including hydrogen production, safety and storage, as well as the economic and social impacts of novel H2FC technologies.

Professor Vladimir Molkov from Ulster University’s Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER) said: “We are delighted to host so many world-leading experts and early career researchers for an opportunity to explore the future developments of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector, and the integral role higher education research will play within this.

“Ulster University is internationally recognised as one of the leading providers of quality hydrogen safety research, education and training. In partnership with industry, we are developing pioneering safety strategies and innovative engineering solutions for the hydrogen energy sector. We are also producing highly-skilled graduates who are the future leaders of the sector, driving its growth and sustainability.

“Its with these credentials, Ulster University was awarded a place on the management and scientific board of the H2FC SUPERGEN consortium. As part of this consortium, we are conducting ground-breaking research and hosting this conference with the aim of transforming the sector and driving economic growth for the region, the UK and beyond.”