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.

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