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Gemserv secures BEIS contract to support the proposed Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator innovation programme

23rd Feb, 2022

Gemserv is delighted to be working alongside the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to provide stakeholder engagement and networking support for the proposed Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator (IHA) programme. Our team has significant hydrogen and networking expertise with which to bring together supply chains to facilitate change, promote collaboration and identify solutions to market challenges.

This programme is proposed to form part of the BEIS £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes through the 2020s and 2030s. The evidence generated by the IHA on the use of hydrogen by industrial users would help inform strategic decisions in 2026 on the role of low carbon hydrogen as a replacement for natural gas in the gas grid.

The proposed IHA programme is expected to support projects generating evidence on end-to-end industrial fuel switching to hydrogen through providing funding for demonstrations and, where needed, feasibility studies. The scope would include the full technology chain, from hydrogen generation and delivery infrastructure through to industrial end-use, including the integration of the components in a single project. The expected scale of demonstrations is likely to be of the order 1-10MW.

The feasibility studies would explore how systems could be designed and provide information on the technical requirements and costs. The demonstration projects would construct end-to-end industrial hydrogen systems to prove their feasibility and provide further evidence on the real-world performance and costs.

Michael Donnelly, IHA Engagement Project Manager, commented,

“I am delighted that we have been appointed to support the proposed IHA programme. Gemserv is in a prime position to shape and stimulate interest across the industrial landscape, drawing on our deep sector expertise and previous stakeholder engagement activity. We look forward to working with BEIS to demonstrate hydrogen fuel switching as an integral part of a Net Zero environment.”

BEIS have recently published an early engagement notice to judge interest from potential suppliers and seek feedback on the design of the proposed programme.

Our first virtual stakeholder engagement session is planned on 8 March 2022 to provide any interested parties with the opportunity to understand more about the potential competition and to provide feedback on the proposed programme design. The session will also outline the role of BEIS, NZIP and the proposed Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator programme in meeting the government’s climate objectives, and the policy context surrounding this technology area. To hear more about this exciting programme, please sign up to the virtual Stakeholder Engagement Session here.

Stakeholders can submit their feedback to the Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator team via email at in the days following the event. This window will close on 12 noon Friday 18th March 2022 and BEIS is not intending to respond to any individual feedback provided, but will review all feedback and where appropriate, may take feedback into account in the development of any potential ITT or call for proposals.

Notes to editors:

Further information will be shared on the competition webpage on the .gov webpage once available.

Useful links:

Access the open early engagement notice here:
Proposed Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator programme – Engagement Session – Contracts Finder

If you would like to attend the virtual Stakeholder Engagement Session, please sign up here: Proposed Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator programme – Engagement Session Tickets, Tue 8 Mar 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

For more information on the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio visit Website: Net Zero Innovation Portfolio – GOV.UK (

For more information on this area of policy, please see the UK Hydrogen Strategy which was published in August 2021 here: UK hydrogen strategy – GOV.UK (


Samantha Shea

Head of Policy Insights and Engagement

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