Research project

Demand, supply and storage of low carbon hydrogen for the Solent region – Case study City of Southampton

Project overview

This project brings together a team of academics, industry partners, and stakeholders to investigate some of the strategic challenges across the hydrogen value chain in the context of Solent Region and specifically within the City of Southampton, addressing users for whom hydrogen could be the most effective decarbonisation solution.
The project aims include:
1. Analyse and model the hydrogen demand and supply options for specific uses in the City of Southampton such as maritime/port activities, CHP and others.
2. Investigate specific supply options and identify storage sites for targeted consumers.
3. Investigate the challenges related to the scalability of hydrogen storage.
4. Study economic and policy implications of hydrogen adoption for environmental governance, economic growth, job creation and innovation at local scale.
5. Engage with appropriate early adopters, e.g. local authorities, universities, hospitals, and promote partnerships for innovation related to decarbonisation.

HEIF 2022/23


Lead researcher

Dr Massimiliano Manfren

Lecturer in Energy in Built Environment
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Other researchers

Dr Sheida Afshan PhD, FICE, MIStructE, CEng, FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • High performance metallic materials and structures for applications in infrastructure and energy sectors
  • Experimental and numerical investigation of structural materials and components
  • Metallic materials for liquid hydrogen (LH2) fuel storage and transportation
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Professor Ajit Nayak

Professor of Strategic Management

Research interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation and Dynamic Capabilities
  • Responsible Leadership and Sustainability Transitions
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Professor AbuBakr Bahaj

Professor of Sustainable Energy

Research interests

  • Renewable Energy (Solar photovoltaics, Marine energy, Wind energy)
  • Low carbon cities and infrastructure
  • Energy for Development
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs