Opportunities in the Hydrogen Economy
Join us as we explore the rapidly emerging Hydrogen economy. We will examine the key drivers for the sectors development and how Manchester Metropolitan University are working with local businesses through the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre (https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/fuel-cell/)
The event will cover:
- An overview of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technology
- An overview of sector investment
- The drivers behind the investment
- What this means to Greater Manchester
- How Manchester Metropolitan University works with businesses interested in the Hydrogen economy.
About the Speakers:
Amer Gaffar is director of Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre and a sustainability professional with more than 17 years’ experience in the sector. Amer is a passionate advocate for fuel cell and hydrogen technology and has successfully built consensus and momentum in Manchester and the North West towards positive environmental practice and cleaner energy over the last decade.
Working in the estates team at Manchester Metropolitan University, Amer was instrumental in installing alternative energy resources to power University buildings and facilities. The result was improved environmental sustainability performance, with Manchester Met ranked as the number one greenest University in the People and Planet University League in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Chris joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017, and for the last three years has been the operational lead for the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre project. Funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the project has supported small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Greater Manchester to understand and develop new products and services utilising hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
Working within the University’s Business School, Chris has a research interest in SME eco-innovation, and is Manchester Met’s project lead for a new, three-year ERDF low carbon project, Eco-I NW. Working with North West university partners, the project will actively support SMEs to develop low carbon products and services, and iterate circular economy business models.
Neil Simpson has spent more than a decade bringing innovation to businesses, helping them to grow by turning their ideas into money. Based in Liverpool, Neil specialises in ideation, digital marketing and innovation, assisting entrepreneurs to profit from their intellectual property, brand value and in house genius.