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...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Next Stop Loughborough!

Hello All,

This week I have been lucky enough to visit Loughborough University where they too have been fuelling vehicles on their campus. The University have installed the fuelling station, very similar to the one we saw at Birmingham last week, to further their research in this area as well as fuel all their campus vehicles. One of the main benefits of hydrogen-powered vehicles is that they only emit water vapour into the atmosphere and not environmentally damaging carbon dioxide. Loughborough’s ultimate goal is to transfer its own service fleet over to hydrogen.

Based at Holywell Park, the facility is part of a cluster of hydrogen refuelling stations being set up across the region by the British Midlands Hydrogen Forum. Known as the Midlands Hydrogen Ring, the stations will be at the heart of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure planned throughout the UK. Hopefully we will get to see some more as I make my way across the UK.

The University’s Chief Operating Officer Will Spinks spoke to me and said: “At Loughborough sustainability is key. The opening of this new refueling station several months ago underlined our commitment to operating in an environmentally friendly way and to the development of new technologies that support this goal.”

It is great to hear so many other people excited about a greener future and to see them put possible solutions into place.

The refueller has been funded by Loughborough University in partnership with the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), and was manufactured by Air Products. Initially gas for the facility will be provided by an external supplier, but the University is investigating ways of creating its own hydrogen through the use of green technologies on campus. How cool would that be? To make your own hydrogen?!

My adventures so far have been so exciting and interesting - it really is fuelling my thirst to find out more about the greener energy solution hydrogen.