Grŵp Llandrillo Menai announces new Hydrogen Strategy

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has set out ambitious plans to become a Hydrogen Energy Centre of Excellence as part of its ongoing commitment to low carbon energy.

Working with regional and national partners as well as key industry players, the Grŵp aims to establish specialist training facilities and programmes to support companies and the workforce to embrace the opportunities presented by hydrogen energy.

The newly launched Hydrogen Strategy also proposes to:

  • Deliver training on the installation of domestic and commercial hydrogen systems in partnership with Worcester Bosch at the new Zero Carbon Training centre at CIST in Llangefni.
  • Develop expertise on the use of hydrogen for heavy and domestic vehicles.
  • Use hydrogen to decarbonise its farm at Coleg Glynllifon.
  • Investigate fully powered hydrogen heating on some of the Grŵp’s main buildings
  • Future skills programmes for storing, managing, and transporting Hydrogen.

Dafydd Evans, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Chief Executive explained: "We believe that the further education sector can play a major role in meeting the Government's net zero targets here in Wales.

"It is clear, as part of the decarbonisation agenda, that there will be an increasing demand for low carbon hydrogen over the coming years.

"We want to be an early adopter of hydrogen technology and continue to innovate as we meet the ongoing challenges of climate change.

"Crucially, we want to transfer and exchange that knowledge and become a recognised training provider in the field.

"We're extremely proud to be the first Welsh college to set out how we plan to harness the potential of hydrogen to help with our own decarbonisation programme, as well as to upskill the workforce and support industry."

Advanced discussions are already taking place with major developers and manufacturers to establish working partnerships to deliver the vision set out in the Strategy.

The Grŵp is hoping that these will soon translate into more formal agreements and projects to promote the development of more widespread production and use of hydrogen energy in Wales.

Dafydd added: "We are the leading further education college in Wales for delivering on Knowledge Transfer Partnership programmes.

"We have a proven track record of working with national and international companies as a trusted partner and also for being forward-thinking and innovative.

"This has resulted in the delivery of many high impact projects which have added real value to the North and Mid Wales regions.

"By building on that experience and collaborating with others, including major companies and other hydrogen-focussed initiatives, we can make a proactive contribution to the hydrogen energy landscape in Wales and further afield.

"This will be good news not only for the environment, but also for employers and the workforce as they prepare for the opportunities presented by new and cleaner low carbon technologies."

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