Apprentices aim to find solutions to PNDC hydrogen challenge

Industry funded research and testing hub PNDC, within the University of Strathclyde, can’t wait to see proposals from apprentices taking on its Fuel Change Challenge to ensure hydrogen becomes a sought-after energy source.

The innovation centre, based in Cumbernauld, is one of four several organisations providing challenges for this year’s Fuel Change programme. Other challenges will be provided by BAE Systems and a joint offering from Arcola Energy working along with Driving the Electric Revolution (DER) Scotland.

Glasgow-based CENSIS (Scotland’s centre of excellence for sensing, imaging and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies), The Data Lab in Edinburgh and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) based in Hamilton are also providing a range of challenges for apprentices to develop innovative low carbon solutions to real issues currently being faced by industry and society.

Jacqueline Redmond, Executive Director of PNDC, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to transitioning Scotland to Net Zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. In order to achieve this, new fuels and technologies are required in transport, energy and the industrial sectors.

“Scotland is set to become a leading hydrogen nation, with an ambition to generate 5GW of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes. 

“Hydrogen – which doesn’t emit carbon dioxide when burned – can be used as an alternative to natural gas to transfer and store energy, and could replace fossil fuels in the consumption of energy for heating, both in domestic and commercial properties.

“The Scottish Government has pledged to invest £100M in funding to implement its Hydrogen Action Plan, to be published in 2021. This will look to boost excellence in research, innovation development and demonstration of secure, low cost hydrogen production between 2021 and 2026.

“Scotland is focused on developing a hydrogen economy to become a world leader in hydrogen-based infrastructure and fuel cell technologies.

“We want the apprentices who take on our challenge to think about what Scotland needs to do to make hydrogen a sought after energy source for large parts of the country? We also want them to visualise what would make it attractive to public, businesses and government to allow us to develop, at scale, the skills and supply chain needed to enable hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels, in provision of low carbon heating in Scotland. Everyone at PNDC is excited to see their ideas.”