Thursday, 21 July 2011

Schools competition winner announced!

Hey, guys!

I’m sure you’re all looking forward to the summer, so you can relax after lots of hard work! I’m sorry I’ve been away for a while; I have been very busy spreading the word about Hydrogen and climate change. We had loads of interest in our latest competition and found a worthy winner…congratulations to the Year Five pupils at Beech House School in Rochdale, who won £1500 for their school! I guess their teachers will have to be extra nice to them now!

The winning team wrote an excellent report on how their town centre looks now, and how it may be improved in the future. My friend, Michael Prescott, said it was chosen as the winner “for its originality, creativity and excellent understanding of the technology and the benefits it can bring to a community.” Great job, guys!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter to hear more about my work!

Bye for now,


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

How are you all? I hope you have all had a great summer.
I am really excited to be able to tell you about the launch of the exciting new Air Products Hydrogen competition.

Please see to find out all about it, and don't forget to tell you teachers about it. You could win cool prizes for you school!

Bye for Now

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Watch this space for news on my new exciting Air Products hydrogen competition

Hi All,

How are you all doing? I hope you are enjoying this lovely sunshine we have been having.
So sorry I haven’t written in a while, I have been really busy getting ready for the new, exciting Air Products H2 competition. I will tell you more about that very soon.

I also wanted to let you know about a cool website I have found called . It teaches children and teachers all about the environment and how to be more green, and explains what fossil fuels are and why we need to look for an alternative fuel, such as hydrogen. No more smelly exhaust pipes, now wouldn't that be cool!

Bye for now.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Air Products Fuels New Suzuki Fuel Cell Burgman Scooter at Loughborough University

I was lucky enough to see the new Suzuki Fuel Cell Burgman Scooter make it's first official journey last week at Loughborough University. I was really impressed at how cool the bike looked, and how easy it was to fill with hydrogen from the Air Products series 100 fuelling unit, which was installed at the University campus in 2008.

Loughborough University has been part of the project with Intelligent Energy (a UK fuel cell developer) and Suzuki developing the Fuel Cell Burgman Scooter. The new scooter is greener than traditional motorcycles as it is powered via a hydrogen fuel cell, yet still offers the same speed and power.

The Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, which has been undergoing rigorous testing at Loughborough University, made its first official journey around the Loughborough campus on Friday, February 05, 2010, with further road tests planned in London for later this year.
The Air Products Series 100 fuelling station fuelled the vehicle, which attracted a lot of interest from local press and media as well as test riders from Motor Cycle News, who were very impressed with the motorbike.

The motorbike, which was unveiled for the first time on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 at an event at City Hall, London, impressed London Deputy Mayor and Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership, Kit Malthouse, who said: “This scooter, which produces nothing but water, is a triumph of human ingenuity. I hope Londoners will dump their 20th century motorcycles and buy one built for the 21st century.”

I was able to have a quick chat with Ian Williamson, Hydrogen Energy Systems Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa from Air Products he told me: “We are extremely proud to be involved with Loughborough University and Intelligent Energy on this project. The station at the University will allow for research and tests, proving the feasibility of hydrogen transport at a local level. We look forward to helping to fuel more hydrogen vehicles in the near future.”

That's it for now... I will be back soon to tell you all about our exciting project with Coventry University.


Friday, 7 August 2009

Fuelling a Community

This week I am visiting Stornoway, on the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

Air Products will soon be providing a dedicated hydrogen fuelling station and storage facilities for the Islands’ hydrogen-powered cars as part of the Comhairle’s Hebridean Hydrogen Seed (H2seed) project. The hydrogen fuelled vehicles will be used as pool vehicles for employees of the Comhairle, as well as for educational and public awareness campaigns. How amazing is that - a whole fleet of cars on the island being fuelled by hydrogen!

The H2seed project is phase 2 of the Comhairle’s Hebridean Hydrogen Park plan. H2seed is establishing a renewably generated hydrogen supply chain in the Outer Hebrides, providing technology demonstration projects, delivering appropriate safety training to users and emergency services, and undertaking public awareness activities.

I was able to speak to Ruairi MacIver, Project Manager, H2seed project and he told me how delighted he was that Air Products accepted the partnership with the H2seed project all those months ago, he said: "it will give us access to the world’s leading technology in hydrogen storage, dispensing and training. We are proud to be taking the lead in developing renewable hydrogen production and distribution technology; and hopefully we will be setting an example that will be followed across the world.” Can you imagine that? Seeing other communities, places where you live surviving off hydrogen as a fuel and we were able to see it happen here first!

This is an excellent example of how hydrogen really can fuel the future not just in the case of cars but whole communities. Can you imagine everything in your home being run from hydrogen much in the same way as it is run by electricity now? Rather than having electricity fuel our homes we could have a sustainable energy source which isn't as harmful to our environment. That really is a benefit we can't ignore.

Friday, 31 July 2009

The Science Behind Hydrogen


I have come across THE most amazing site!

H2 and you is a project of the Hydrogen Education Foundation, a 501c3 organization. The Foundation is managed by the National Hydrogen Association.

Hydrogen is a universal fuel that will play a major role in our clean, sustainable energy future. Although you may not know it, hydrogen is already becoming a practical reality in our everyday lives.This site is designed to help you better understand hydrogen so you can make more informed choices about your energy options.

Hydrogen is a clean, flexible carrier of energy that works with all of the primary alternative energies being explored -- solar, wind, nuclear, coal, natural gas and biofuels. Hydrogen's versatility makes it an ideal fuel that can be made anywhere and used in a broad spectrum of applications -- power for buildings, vehicles, and portable electronics.H2 & YouH2 & You

The website has blogs, podcasts and videos as well as a range of hydrogen competitions which allows you to learn about the science behind the greener fuel hydrogen and you can speak to the people behind the science too!

What a great way to keep up to date with all the latest information and see hydrogen events taking place all over the world!

Just like you can follow me on twitter you can follow this website on twitter too!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

From the Road To The Sea Where Will Hydrogen Take Me Next?

You will never guess where I am writing from this week...!

Have you guessed it yet.......? Nope! Told you wouldn't get it! I'm on board a submarine!

A Greek Navy submarine to be exact! They came and picked me up from a secret location and you never guess what's fuelled on hydrogen!

Howaldswerke Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW) have developed a fuel cell-powered submarine system, which allows the vessel to generate energy without leaving a heat or noise signature along its route, whilst also remaining submerged for longer periods. A real benefit for a submarine.

The hydrogen-fuelling equipment supplied to the navies by Air Products, include a piece of equipment called the Cryogenic Hydrogen Compressor (CHC) that was originally developed for big, industrial users in the compression of liquid hydrogen and cryogenic gas. More recently it has successfully been adapted for fuel cell applications and is used in hydrogen fuelling stations around the world. Today, CHC equipment is as easy to use as any fire water pump on board ships.

I was able to speak to Air Products Project Manager, Thomas Scheitz and he said:
“Air Products already has experience fuelling submarines across Europe, specifically in Germany. Additionally we are the leader in hydrogen fuelling for transportation and have active projects in place around the globe including the world’s first hydrogen fuelling station located at an existing retail (gasoline) station. There consumers get a first-hand view of hydrogen-fuelling taking place, perhaps you want to make there your next stop on your hydrogen tour?”

I think that might be a good idea...