Opportunities for Hydrogen Collaboration with the UK
Harsh Pershad (Senior Innovation Lead of UKRI)
Senior Innovation Lead, Energy at Innovate UK
Awarded a UK Industrial Strategy Fellowship for his leadership
to UK industry, government and academic groups working on hydrogen
PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University
MBA from Imperial College Business School
The UK is an attractive partner in the development of a global hydrogen economy. The UK has legislated a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions from domestic sources. In common with other countries, analysis shows this can most easily be met through increasing the use of hydrogen. There is high uncertainty and debate over the best ways and amounts of hydrogen to produce and use in different sectors.
The UK Government is proposing several innovative initiatives to support the growth of an economy based around low carbon hydrogen. The central government has outlined its target for 5 GW hydrogen production by 2030. These include business models for hydrogen, the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund which is likely to support production, and the design of a low carbon hydrogen standard. The UK is among co-leads for the hydrogen programme within Mission Innovation 2.0.
Innovate UK is the UK Government’s innovation agency, and is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Innovate UK supports UK organisations at the forefront of driving economic growth and meeting evolving societal needs through innovation. Innovate UK has a strong track record in developing and trialling diverse products and services across the economy. Innovate UK has several innovation support tools and works closely with other public and private organisations as part of a rich and vibrant UK clean energy innovation ecosystem. Example delivery partner organisations include the KTN, the Catapult Network and Innovate UK Edge. Much Innovate UK funding is awarded competitively to projects involving collaboration between businesses, research organisations such as universities and other organisations such as public bodies. Innovate UK will be looking to ramp up our activities to support whole systems innovation approaches to net zero.
Innovate UK and UKRI have several initiatives and successes linked to hydrogen. Example programmes, companies, regions and project outputs will be illustrated.
Innovate UK welcomes stronger UK-Korean relationships in hydrogen innovation, and a deeper understanding of the Korean experiences in supporting hydrogen so far and next steps. Innovate UK is also keen to understand the priorities for the Korean Government and innovators in relation to future international collaboration.