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Spotlight Shines on Hydrogen Power at Low Carbon Lincolnshire Event

Professor Averil MacDonald giving a keynote address at Boston College's Low Carbon Lincolnshire EventLincolnshire businesses descended on Boston today to attend Boston College’s Low Carbon Lincolnshire Event as part of the SDF Project. The event, held at Boston United’s Jakemans Stadium, aimed to present the future of Hydrogen power and welcomed guest speakers to share their knowledge on the opportunities available to lead Lincolnshire to a Low Carbon Future.

The SDF Project is a Department for Education funded initiative that supports and promotes a Low Carbon Future. Boston College has focused on a ‘Low Carbon Lincolnshire’ approach, with the purchase of an Electric Vehicle, EV Charging equipment, Hydrogen equipment and an Air Source Heat Pump. The College are also developing short courses for each technology that will benefit the learners and the wider business community.

The College was delighted to welcome keynote speakers Professor Averil MacDonald OBE, and Professor Alun Vaughan who delivered a keynote presentation  on the myths and facts around the goal of ‘Getting to Net Zero’. The presentation highlighted the impact of switching to renewable energy – including the challenges that the country will face in doing so, and explored the opportunities presented with the new advancements in Hydrogen energy solutions.

Speaking on the day, Professor Averil MacDonald said, “The event today has been brilliant. It’s really inspiring to see Lincolnshire thinking strategically about these issues as a community. Only by working collectively will we solve the problems before us. In my experience, Lincolnshire is at the forefront of the Low Carbon initiative.”

The day was made up of 2 panels of leading experts who discussed the journey to net zero, what can be done to achieve net zero, as well as what is already being done to achieve this goal in Lincolnshire specifically.

The first panel, chaired by Steve Crozier, Boston College Business Development Adviser with the SDF Project, focussed on whether hydrogen is the solution to a low carbon future in Lincolnshire. Speakers from The South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership, Skills for Logistics Ltd, DVV Media and Wrightbus all joined Professor MacDonald OBE to discuss the potential of hydrogen power and the opportunities it presents in the journey towards a Low Carbon Lincolnshire.

Chaired by George Bell, Employer Engagement Manager at Boston College, the second panel consisted of speakers from Aaron Services Ltd, Rolec Services Ltd, NerG, Periam and Williamson Ltd, Incredible Husk International Group Ltd and Don’t Waste Group, with the group discussing alternative solutions to hydrogen power that could contribute to the low carbon future which has become the focus of the SDF project.

The day rounded off with the Boston College ‘Boston and Beyond’ Business Awards, which celebrate the work and achievements of businesses and individuals from Boston and the surrounding areas. In total 14 awards were presented in categories such as Made in Boston, Boston College Partnership Award, Community Impact Award and Environmental Impact Award. The ceremony also celebrated the work of Daniel Hillman, Boston College Level 2 Electrical Installations learner, who was presented with his award for winning the EV Design Project, which tasked the learners to design a charging unit for an electric powered vehicle.

As well as the flagship Low Carbon Lincolnshire Event, Boston College and the SDF Project have a number of exciting events in the coming weeks, including a Skills for Logistics ‘Ignite the spark’ day, an SDF Project Show and Tell Event, and a Primary School Engagement Day for local year 6 pupils to attend the college and take part in fun activities themed around the Low Carbon topic.

To find out more about the College’s Services for Business and Employer Engagement, visit our ‘Services for Business‘ page..

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