Funding package targets research into production and integration of zero carbon hydrogen


Applications are being invited for a share of a £2mn funding package to research zero emission hydrogen production and integration.

On 2 September, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) set out how hydrogen and hydrogen-based, low-carbon liquid fuels will be key for the UK reaching net zero by 2050. With growing consensus of the role of deep decarbonisation of all sectors of the UK economy and the publication of the Hydrogen Strategy, the EPSRC is pledging to fund proposals that will develop solutions to advance zero emission hydrogen production and address challenges in integrating hydrogen into whole energy systems.

Areas of interest under the funding opportunity, which opened to applicants on 7 September, include research to address challenges associated with production routes such as electrochemical techniques, including electrolysis through renewables or nuclear energy; biological production routes; and solar-to-fuels routes to hydrogen. It will also consider cross-disciplinary projects that contain elements that contribute to the production or integration of zero emission hydrogen.

The deadline for applications is 4PM on 2 November 2021. Applications should have a full economic cost of up to £312,500, for which EPSRC will fund 80%.

The EPSRC is looking to fund up to eight projects, lasting for 18 months. Proposals funded through the opportunity will generate a platform of research and outcomes in key priority areas on which hydrogen research coordinators – funded through the hydrogen research coordinators opportunity – can then further developing in their respective centres, subject to future funding. This means successful projects through the zero emission hydrogen production and integration opportunity will be required to engage and work with hydrogen research coordinators in the development of their respective research programme plans and maximise the impact from both opportunities through sharing findings and dialogue.