Energy transition under the spotlight at Emtech Europe conference

Fuelling the future in a sustainable, intelligent, healthy and equitable way are the themes of a major European Conference being hosted digitally from Belfast today (Thursday, July 1).

By Claire Cartmill
Thursday, 1st July 2021, 7:00 am

EmTech Europe will bring together a range of global engineers, entrepreneurs, politicians, funders and futurists to discuss cutting-edge, solutions-focussed technologies to identify the opportunities to forge a brighter future for all citizens.

The first day of the Conference will see a focus on delivering a sustainable future, with spotlight sessions on driving the green energy transition to include input from experts on the potential for a hydrogen economy in Northern Ireland and the opportunity to create carbon-negative products and value chains.

A local entrepreneur providing insight on the sustainable future journey is David Surplus from B9 Energy. David has forged a bold path in the world of green-tech, culminating in his current company, B9 Energy which is using curtailed wind power to convert water, through electrolysis, into hydrogen, oxygen and heat, all valuable end products. B9 Energy’s first bespoke electrolyser is now onsite just outside Belfast in a pilot programme which could create up to 1,000 green jobs and reduce reliance on carbon forms of fuel.

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David Surplus from B9 Energy

The Power-to-X session led by David has been sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas.

Jonathan Martindale, Director of Business Development at Phoenix Natural Gas, explained: “Natural Gas has been fuelling homes for over 24 years and with one of the most modern and efficient gas networks in the world, we are well placed to deliver renewable gas solutions to support a sustainable energy future.

“We are proud to support the EmTech Europe Conference and David’s session will further demonstrate that the talent, technology and opportunity exists locally to enable a sustainable and equitable energy transition.”

The EmTech Europe Conference, bringing together Europe’s brightest and best technology leaders, researchers and innovators, is being hosted digitally from Belfast and broadcast live across the globe today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday).

Details on the full EmTech Europe Conference Agenda are available at:

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