Hydrogen energy




Session 3 
Green electricity-hydrogen coupling system

28 July 2021


Host: Jin Lin, Director, Smart Hydrogen Energy Laboratory of Tsinghua Sichuan Energy Internet Research Institute

Jin Lin is an Associate Professor and doctoral supervisor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and the director of the Smart Hydrogen Energy Laboratory of Tsinghua Sichuan Energy Internet Research Institute. His main research interests over the years are in the fields of high-temperature electricity hydrogen production, electro-hydrogen coupling systems and smart hydrogen energy. He is mainly engaged in the research of high temperature electric hydrogen production, electric hydrogen coupling system and smart hydrogen energy. He was the recipient of an award for the “Thousand Talents Plan Program” of Sichuan Province in 2017. He was also the recipient of the “Young Chang Jiang Scholars Program” by the Ministry of Education and “Beijing New Star Program of Science and Technology”. He is currently the Secretary-General of the National Hydrogen Standards Committee Renewable Energy Hydrogen Standard Working Group, Secretary-General of the Hydrogen Energy System Special Committee of the International Hydrogen Energy Association, Deputy Secretary-General of the Hydrogen Energy Special Committee of IEEE China, and Secretary-General of the Smart Hydrogen Special Committee of the National Energy Internet Alliance, member of CIGRE Hydrogen Energy Working Group.
He has participated in a number of key research projects supported by a variety funding bodies, including National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Key Research and Development Program of China, Chinese National Programs for High Technology Research and Development (863 Program) and National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program). He has published more than 80 SCI/EI papers.



08:00-08:30 BST/15:00-15:30 CST 

01 Large-Scale Hydrogen Production & Hydrogen Safety Analysis

Huajian Chang, President, State Nuclear Power Technology R&D Centre
Chief Expert, State Power Investment Corporation Research Institute

Huajian Chang, born in November 1965, he is a party member of CPC and a senior researcher. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 in Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan), his M.S (Reactor Safety and Engineering, 1992) and B.S (Engineering Physics, 1986) in Tsinghua University. He serves as the president of SNPTRD (State Nuclear Power Technology R&D Centre), the chief expert of SPICRI (State Power Investment Corporation Research Institute), and the vice director of the China Z-park Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Industry Alliance (ZHFCA). Also, he is a Ph.D. supervisor at Tsinghua University.
As the chief engineer of test system of National Science and Technology Major Project (nuclear power), he directs the verification work of three major passive tests, including CAP1400 “passive core cooling system performance and testing”. Under his leadership, the team build a batch of test benches reached the international advanced level, and achieve a large number of innovative research results. In recent years, he got involved in amount of hydrogen energy projects, Currently, he is leading the projects on hydrogen production, hydrogen safety analysis method, and hydrogen utilization –the “intelligent container”, which is using clean energy to grow vegetables and using hydrogen to store extra energy.



08:30-09:00 BST/15:30-16:00 CST 

02 Potential applications of hydrogen as an energy vector in GB decarbonisation

Roger Kemp, Emeritus Professor , Lancaster University

Roger Kemp spent 30 years in the energy and transport industries. After the merger of GEC and Alstom, he worked in Paris, including a period as Director of the Eurostar project team. Returning home, he became UK Technical and Safety Director of Alstom’s Transport Sector.
In 2003, Roger took early retirement and joined Lancaster University as a Professorial Fellow in the Engineering Department. He was involved in energy policy, particularly transport and domestic heating and has been active in the IET and has given evidence on its behalf to government select committees. Following Storm Desmond, when Lancaster lost power for more than 24 hours, he wrote the RAEng report Living without Electricity, drawing attention to the critical importance of electricity in modern society. His second retirement was in July 2020 and he is now Professor Emeritus at Lancaster.
Roger is a Fellow of the IET, the RSA and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Synopsis of the presentation

Unlike China, which has more than 350 GW of dispatchable hydroelectric power, Britain’s main resources of renewable energy are wind and solar, both of which provide “use it or lose it” capacity. Energy demand, particularly for domestic heat, is cyclical – with both a seasonal and a daily cycle. Faced with the intermittency of supplies and the variability of demand, the “easy” solution is to over-invest in wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries to ensure there is never a shortage of capacity. But, with the possibility of days, or even weeks, with low levels of wind this would require plant that would be unused for much of the year and thus impossibly expensive.
Hydrogen provides a useful means of storing energy to even-out the peaks in demand and troughs in supply. However, it is not clear how best to use it. Should hydrogen be injected into the natural gas (methane) grid for industrial and domestic use?  Should it be compressed and used for transportation? Should it be converted back into electricity, when needed, in a fuel cell?  All options are possible, but some place more demand on electricity network and, because they are less efficient, require far more primary energy. This talk will consider the strategic options for using hydrogen as an essential and cost-effective vector in Britain’s decarbonisation plans.



09:00-09:30 BST/16:00-16:30 CST 

03 Hydrogen Production Using Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells at Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics

Guoping Xiao, Deputy Director, Hydrogen Technology Department, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Guoping Xiao, female, the member of Communist Party of China, also as research fellow-level senior engineer. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Harbin Engineering University in 2006 and got doctor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology in 2012. Dr. Xiao works in SINAP since 2012, and now is the deputy director of hydrogen technology department. Her main research field relates to hydrogen production via solid oxide electrolysis technology based on SOEC under high temperature, with fruitful achievements including lab and pilot validation, completion of process package, safety assessment method and exclusive control system, etc. At next stage, her research gravity will continue to developing the system of 200kW hydrogen production via SOEC electrolysis technology and the demonstration set of 2MW level hydrogen production via wind energy.



09:30-10:00 BST / 16:30-17:00 CST 

04 Topic:TBD

Prof. Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, Chair Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research
School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens is Professor for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen research in Chemical Engineering. He is director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen group and the Centre for Doctoral Training Fuel Cells and their Fuels, which is run by the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Loughborough, Imperial College, and University College of London.

He works and has worked in many areas across the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency, fuel cells, hydrogen production and distribution, as well as electric vehicles.

Currently, his main areas of interest include Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, high temperature electrolysis (SOE) and reversible fuel cells (SOC) with methane synthesis, intermediate temperature polymer fuel cells, and market introduction of fuel cells and fuel cell vehicles.

He has a total of over 250 publications in journals, books, and conference proceedings and is a regular peer reviewer for a large number of journals, as well as international funding programmes and publishing houses.

He is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU). He was the Conference Chair of the 2008 European SOFC Forum conference in Lucerne, and has been a member of the International Board of Advisers to the European Fuel Cell Forum ever since.

Robert contributes the lectures on Renewable Energies and Energy Storage to the Sustainable Process Engineering module (2nd Year, Semester 1) and coordinates the optional module Efficient Use of Energy for 3rd Year students (Semester 2). He is lead for the modules Fuel Cell Technology, and Advanced Energy Technologies (Semester 1), and Energy Storage,(Semester 2) for 4th Year, MSc and CDT students.



10:00-10:30 BST / 17:00-17:30 CST 

05 Delivery of Sustainable Hydrogen

Prof. John Thomas Sirr Irvine, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews

John Irvine FRSE, FRSC has made a unique and world-leading contribution to the science of energy materials, especially fuel cell and energy conversion technologies. This research has ranged from detailed fundamental to strategic and applied science and has had major impact across academia, industry and government. Irvine’s science is highly interdisciplinary extending from Chemistry and Materials through physics, bioenergy, geoscience, engineering, economics and policy.

The quality and impact of Irvine’s research has been recognised by a number of national and international awards, including the Lord Kelvin Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2018, the Schönbeim gold medal from the European Fuel Cell Forum in 2016, the RSC Sustainable Energy Award in 2015, with earlier RSC recognition via Materials Chemistry, Bacon and Beilby awards/medals.

Highlights of Irvine’s activities include discovery of the Emergent nanomaterials phenomenon, establishing the field of oxide fuel electrodes, delivering high performance direct carbon fuel cells and demonstration of significant hydride ion conductivity.  Other important achievements relate to photocatalysis, lithium ion batteries, non-stoichiometric oxides, Structure/ Property/Function, catalysis and electrocatalysis and bioenergy.



10:30-11:30 BST / 17:30-18:30 CST 

Discussion & Answers