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“How local businesses have used innovation successfully on their journey to net zero”
The Midlands is the manufacturing heartland of the UK, with unrivalled expertise and capacity to make and apply low carbon hydrogen technologies to deliver net zero. It is hydrogen technologies that have the power to connect hydrogen generators and end users – and it is the Midlands that has the power to make those technologies, for use in areas as diverse as transport, domestic heating and off grid power supplies.
Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chair of Leicestershire Innovation Board, will introduce three keynote speakers; Dennis Hayter, Vice-President Business Development, at Intelligent Energy will share “21 years of fuel cell technology – innovation highlights”. Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex will speak about “Toward Net Zero: Stimulus for Innovation’. Peter Ware, Green Growth Board Chairman, from Midlands Engine will explain the pivotal role the Midlands can play in low carbon hydrogen, to achieve government ambitions to unlock the vast potential of hydrogen, in the nation’s journey to net zero and sustainable growth.
Intelligent Energy is the leading UK developer and a global supplier of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Its planned new Gigawatt-scale fuel cell production facilities will put the East Midlands at the forefront of zero emission fuel cell power product supply for the global hydrogen economy. Cenex focuses on low-emission transport and associated energy infrastructure . Both businesses have contributed to the Midlands Engine Hydrogen Technologies Strategy, which in turn is part of the Ten Point Plan for Green Growth which is galvanising action for a cleaner, greener Midlands.
Other speakers include Rachel York from the Business Gateway, Julian Bowery from Innovate UK and Sue Tilley from the LLEP and STAR Accelerator. There will be a Q&A session hosted by Charlotte Horobin, Regional Director MAKE UK and Midlands Engine Business Forum, as well as a tour of the Space Park with Will Wells and Omer Ozkirimli. Do join us to learn how these local businesses have used innovation successfully.