Greater Manchester partners to make hydrogen fuel from waste

The Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership has teamed up with Viridor Laing Greater Manchester (VLGM) Ltd to investigate the potential for generating clean energy from Manchester’s waste disposal sites.
 
The partnership is led by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities.
 
It will investigate the scope for using municipal waste sites for the production of hydrogen fuel, which can be used as a source of heat and electricity for buildings, or as an electrical power source for electric motors and engines. 
 
The only by-product of hydrogen fuel cells is water, which makes it a clean energy source.
 
Emissions reduction
 
The aim of the new project is to help Greater Manchester beat its 2020 carbon reduction target.
 
The first six months will see team members working together on the strategic infrastructure, stationary and portable power, and transport that will be required. An executive committee will also be formed.
 
‘Positive step’
 
VLGM is one of the largest waste management companies in Greater Manchester. It is responsible for managing the household waste from nine districts, from collection and treatment to segregation and disposal.
 
Dr Stephen Jenkinson, the company’s chief executive and an honorary fellow of MMU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “We will be undertaking a study with MMU to investigate the possibility of producing hydrogen from our waste sites to create a totally green energy source. It’s a really positive step towards green energy for Manchester.”
 
Dr John Hindley, head of environmental strategy at MMU, added: “The partnership with VLGM is a key milestone in Greater Manchester’s ambitions of creating a route to non-fossil hydrogen for distribution across the region. 
 
“This initiative will be key in achieving the region’s target of a 48 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.”
 
Getting involved
 
Anyone interested in joining the partnership should contact Amer Gaffar at MMU, on 0161 247 4660.

Posted under General Interest on 10 September 2013