Supporting UK Composites

Sector Showcase: Hydrogen and the Composites Supply Chain

Hydrogen has been hyped to become the world’s next major fuel source as it can be made safely from renewable energy sources and is virtually non-polluting.

It is predicted that hydrogen could supply 25% of global energy needs by 2050, creating an economy worth c.$10 trillion [Source: Composites Leadership Forum Report, Aug 21].

Solutions for how hydrogen is stored has turned to carbon fibre for its lightweight, durable properties that can withstand the high pressures required for the vessels to hold the gas. Glass fibre composites however play a major role in renewable energy generation and therefore the opportunities for the entire composites supply chain are huge.

This event will ask what are these opportunities, and what challenges exist to overcome?


We are pleased to announce the following speakers for this event. Please note, this is subject to change.

10:00 Welcome and introduction
Composites UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre

10:15 Overview of the Growing Market for Hydrogen in Ground Transportation
Alan Banks, Ford Motor Company

10:40 A Deep Dive into the Burgeoning UK Hydrogen Transport Market
Jim Gregory & Kevin Gilbert, Luxfer Gas Cylinders

11:05 Q&A session

11:15 Coffee

11:45 From Material to Tank: A Development Pathway for High-Efficiency, Composite Hydrogen Storage
Mark Farthing, Engenuity Ltd

12:05 Design, Manufacture and Validation of Hydrogen Pressure Vessels
Alistair Murray, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

12:25 Q&A session

12:35 Five-minute pitches from exhibiting companies

12:50/13:00 LUNCH

14:00 Scaling-Up Hydrogen Tank Production to 500,000+ Brings Storage Costs in Line with Batteries
Jon Regnart, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

14:25 Type V Hydrogen Tanks
Simon Apsley, Frewer & Co Engineers Ltd & Alan Blair, CCP Gransden

14:50 Electroformed Hydrogen Barriers
Andy Bushby, Ultima Forma

15:15 Full Component Recycling and Second Life Manufacture of Composite Pressure
Jack Alcock, National Composites Centre with Rob Heys, B&M Longworth and John Davidson, Cygnet Texkimp

15:40 Q&A session
16:00 Close and optional tour


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