(GENerating energy secure COMMunities through Smart Renewable Hydrogen)

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Paul McCormack

Project Partners

National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

Belfast Metropolitan College, United Kingdom

Energia Group, United Kingdom

HyEnergy, United Kingdom

Pure Energy Centre, United Kingdom

IZES gGmbH, Germany


INSA Rouen, France

TK Renewables, United Kingdom

BURN Joint Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Principal Investigators

Dr. Rory Monaghan (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)




GENCOMM will address the energy sustainability challenges of NWE communities through the implementation of smart hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The project validates the maturity of hydrogen technologies by implementing 3 pilot plants that link the 3 main northwest European renewable sources (Solar Power, Wind Power, and Bioenergy) with energy storage and the main forms of energetic demand (Heat, Power and Transportation fuels). Based on the pilot plants; integrated technical and financial simulation models will be developed. Together, both models will form a Decision Support Tool (DST) that provides a roadmap for communities to transition to renewable, hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The final goal of the project is, through the combination of sources and forms of demand, to lead NWE’s road to sustainability while granting hydrogen its position as a commercially viable energy medium for the future.


GENCOMM aims to technically and financially validate the renewable H2 value chain and adapt it to a DST that leads NWE communities into sustainable, local and autonomous energy matrixes. The DST is directed to community energy stakeholders (utilities, policy-makers, and private firms in the energy sector), as the key agents to implement the proposed matrix. The project will first engage energetically and territorial remote communities to then address the rest of NWE.

The GenComm project aims include:

  • Empower communities to implement hydrogen-based energy matrixes to sustainably satisfy their energy demand.
  • Stimulate the uptake of renewable hydrogen-based technologies by successfully running 3 demonstration facilities.
  • Establish a strong group of energy stakeholders devoted to, through the use of hydrogen, “sustainabilise” the energy matrix of the NWE region.

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Engagement & Outreach


Dr. Rory Monaghan.

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