JEC World 2024 at Paris

The National Composites Centre is part of the UK pavilion in Hall 6, Stand S 62

05 March 2024

The National Composites Centre (NCC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, exhibited at JEC World 2024 - the global trade show for composite materials and their applications. 

Showcasing the industrial transformation that composites can offer, our engineering experts shared how composites are unlocking innovation and enabling sustainable opportunities towards a net zero future. This year, we focused on solutions towards accelerating the hydrogen economy and exploiting the performance, efficiency, and sustainability benefits of advanced materials.



NCC develops novel cryostat device and test method to advance UK capability for hydrogen

Hydrogen is set to play an important role in our future energy mix. There are challenges to accelerating the hydrogen economy – developing high-performing and sustainable hydrogen storage solutions is one of the technology barriers we need to overcome - and composites play an important role. Lightweight, strong, durable with significant design flexibility, they are the only practical solution to storing compressed hydrogen.

At the NCC, our specialist composites engineers are exploring innovation in the design and development of sustainable hydrogen pressure vessels, cryogenic tanks, and pipes. We have designed a novel cryostat device and test method that provides an ultrafast and cost-effective way to screen composite materials for conventional cryogenic testing.


Our experts

Enrique Garcia, Chief Technology Officer at the National Composites Centre, participated in a panel session “Composites Manufacturing 4.0: Unlocking Efficiency and Sustainability Through Automation & Digitalization”.

The following experts were also available throughout JEC World 2024 to share more about the NCC’s engineering capabilities and innovative solutions to meet your business needs:

  • Sean Cooper, Chief Engineer for Defence & Space
  • Daniel Galpin, Advanced Research Engineer for Hydrogen
  • Dr David King, Engineering Capability Lead for Advanced Materials
  • Alex Mathers, Technology Programme Manager for Defence & Space
  • Hannah Swinbourne, Research Engineer

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