In May this year, the University of Nottingham in the UK hosted the latest meeting of the IEA Hydrogen TCP Task 40 on Energy Storage and Conversion Using Hydrogen. 33 experts from 14 countries travelled to Nottingham to present their latest research results. Talks on various critical aspects of research and development into hydrogen storage and conversion methods were presented, including hydrogen storage in porous materials, hydrides for thermal energy storage, new borohydrides for hydrogen storage and solid state battery technology, and liquid organic hydrogen carriers.

Task 40 participants outside the Research Acceleration & Discovery (RAD) building on the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham, UK

An excursion to the Peak District village of Castleton was organized, including a tour of the Blue John Cavern, which allowed further informal discussion of the scientific and technical topics presented by the participants. Thursday night ended in the historic Trip to Jerusalem public house, the oldest tavern in the UK, dating back to the 1100s and built into the sandstone cliffs of Nottingham Castle.

Dr Volodymyr Yartys from the Institute for Energy (IFE) in Norway presents his work on metal hydrides to the other Task 40 experts in Nottingham

The Task 40 participants enjoying the excursion to Blue John Cavern in the Peak District village of Castleton in Derbyshire

The meeting was expertly organized by Ella Crowther and her team from the Energy Institute at the University of Nottingham, under the able guidance of Professors David Grant, Gavin Walker and Martin Dornheim. Ella and her team are thanked for their flawless organization. It was a very fruitful meeting and the next one, due to be held in Hiroshima, Japan, in Autumn 2023, is eagerly anticipated.