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London Branch joint meeting with LMS (in-person/online)

October 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To be held: Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL

“Meeting Todays Materials Challenges to Enable Low Carbon Hydrogen Production at Scale”, Stephen Shapcott, Senior Principal Materials and Corrosion Engineer, Johnson Matthey.

This talk will give an overview of the fundamental materials degradation mechanisms to be considered in methane hydrogen reforming production routes. As public pressure to limit global warming continues to rise, governments, policy makers and regulators are looking for the most effective ways to achieve the target set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to keep the global temperature increase to below 1.5°C above pre‑industrial levels.

There is a growing realisation that hydrogen has a vital role to play, particularly to decarbonise sectors and applications that are otherwise extremely difficult to abate, such as industrial processes, heavy duty freight movement, dispatchable power generation and heating applications. Hydrogen will also provide long-term (for instance seasonal) energy storage, enabling much greater uptake of renewable power generation, which itself is a key prerequisite of the clean energy transition.

While hydrogen can be produced through the electrolysis of water, most of the hydrogen produced today is manufactured by steam methane reforming, in which, at high temperatures natural gas is converted to hydrogen and CO2. This CO2 can be captured or diverted in such a way as to not be released into the atmosphere such as through Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS).

Production of bulk low-cost, low carbon hydrogen from fossil resources is an integral part of meeting global net zero ambitions immediately with proven methods, while immature zero carbon hydrogen production technologies are developed. Building capacity to supply the required demand for hydrogen will require huge investment in new hydrogen production capacity globally.

Methane reforming requires extreme environments for materials of construction.

Please complete the form below to register your interest to attend.

Registrants will have the option to attend the meeting in person or remotely. Please note the talk is scheduled to start at 6.30 pm following networking at 6.00pm.

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October 14, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


W2 3EL
35 Craven Terrace
London, W2 3EL United Kingdom
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