National Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transi


Professor Sara Walker from Newcastle University, Professor David Flynn from the University of Glasgow, and Professor Jianzhong Wu from Cardiff University were successful in their bid to UKRI to become a UK coordinator of the Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transitions (HI-ACT) Centre. The Centre will work to deliver a fundamental shift in critical lifecycle analysis for optimisation of operational and planning decision support for the integration of hydrogen and alternative fuels into the UK energy landscape.

HI-ACT consortium will analyse the role of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuiels in the context of the overall energy landscape, through the creation of robust tools which are investment-oriented in their analysis. A whole systems and systems integration approach is needed in order to better understand the interconnected and interdependent nature of complex energy systems, including hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels, from a technical, social, environmental and economic perspective. 

HI-ACT Consortia Building

For the first six months starting from April 2022, the Centre will use this time to build high-impact, multi-disciplinary, multi-site teams, with the aim of building longer-term research alliances. The consortia will be a vibrant, diverse, and open community, and aspires to provide an unparalleled environment, respecting equality diversity and inclusion, to mentor and develop the next generation of research leaders.  

With the full spectrum of hydrogen, technologies and use cases, open to stakeholder feedback and evaluation, we want to co-create with stakeholders a national strategy that maximises the impact of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels for UK priorities with respect to both national and international markets. This will involve identification of high priority investments, refining the evaluation criteria of an inclusive hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels energy transition, and prioritisation of a research strategy for maximum impact into addressing the barriers to a scalable economy.

The diversity of people we want to engage with to create a strategic and inclusive include, but aren’t limited to:

  • end users (adopters)
  • service companies
  • operators/generators
  • investors
  • network operators
  • regulators
  • energy charities
  • government policy makers 

We will aim to bring all stakeholders together through a series of focus groups to help identify the role of hydrogen and how the Centre can align its research to the current and future needs of hydrogen integration.

To register your interest and to sign up to the Centre’s mailing list by completing the Registration Form

Stakeholder Questionnaires

As part of the UKs planning for the national coordination of the hydrogen economy, we welcome the views of all stakeholders through this brief survey on the integration challenges, opportunities and priorities for the UK Hydrogen Economy:

Stakeholder Perspectives on the Hydrogen Economy Survey (

News and Events

  • In June and July we will continue the industry engagement, and will also begin to increase our engagement with the academic community.

  • catch up with us at the EPSRC Engineering Net Zero event on 21st-23rd June in Glasgow, and at the 3rd International Conference on Energy and AI on 11th and 12th July in Belfort (France).

  • See above and here to complete our stakeholder questionnaires. The questionnaires will help to collect the views from community groups, industry in the field of hydrogen energy and energy systems integration, to collect their views on key research areas and priorities that are critical for maximising the benefits of hydrogen in achieving net-zero. We will analyse the responses and take on board the key messages from the responses in designing the structure and priorities of the research programme on hydrogen energy.
  • We are hosting an in-person half-day workshop sponsored by EPSRC for stakeholders to participate in discussions on the priorities, challenges and opportunities for the UK hydrogen economy. We will discuss the integration challenges, across the spectrum of economic, technical, social, environmental, regulatory, and political factors. All of which will influence how the UK can grow its hydrogen economy, domestically and internationally. 

    We have two dates available for your convenience (7th July or 14th July). Please register here and note that spaces are limitedHydrogen Integration - Accelerating Energy Transitions (HI-ACT) Workshop Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

  • We will also shortly be launching a call for expressions of interest for academic co-investigators for the Centre.

Contact Us

You can contact us directly through email address

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Our Team

We are delighted to introduce you to the team behind HI-ACT.