Dr Enass Abo-Hamed is CEO and Co-Founder of H2GO Power, a company that develops safe and low-cost hydrogen storage technologies. Its energy storage units help to achieve reliable, sustainable power in developing countries, and provide opportunities for smart energy management in developed countries.
Dr Abo-Hamed completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a 2017 Enterprise Fellowship to help develop H2GO Power. She featured in the Women in engineering: let’s change the world video as part of International Women in Engineering Day in 2017, and was recently part of the This is Engineering campaign.
“I am developing energy storage technologies that store renewable energy when there is an ample supply so that it can be used later, when and where it is needed.”
How would you describe your current role to someone who knows nothing about engineering?
I am developing energy storage technologies that store renewable energy when there is an ample supply so that it can be used later, when and where it is needed. This will help achieve a reliable, available and affordable supply of clean energy, without needing to rely on infrastructure. It is particularly useful for communities in the developing world where energy is currently a commodity with premium prices.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
Building solutions to problems is what I like to do, and I realised that that will always involve engineering. Throughout my entrepreneurial journey, I realised that engineering would be at the heart of any solution to help tackle energy poverty and climate change.
What do you like most about being an engineer?
I started an engineering business. Engineering is what allows me and my team to improve people’s lives by designing a product, and that is very satisfying.
Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.
Starting my business H2GO Power is the biggest achievement of my life so far.
How do you think racial parity in engineering can be achieved?
Through introducing equal opportunities to all people, from education to jobs, based on their skills and ability to contribute and nothing else.
Has being a BAME engineer had an impact on your career?
I've never seen things through category lenses. I was always focused on the gap I could fill with my skills. I think this rational approach can work for others as much as it has worked for me.
How has the ethnic diversity of the profession changed since you started working in engineering?
There is more awareness about the importance of welcoming everyone’s contribution and skills into the profession. Engineering is based on teams performing together to execute projects, and that alone is an important driver to include the best team players based on their talent and motivation.
What would you say to someone considering a career in engineering?
If you want to make a difference in a fast-changing world that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology, engineering will have a lot to offer you and can ensure that you make a difference throughout your career..