Hydrogen & Fuel Cells into the Mainstream – powering our homes, workplaces and transport

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The organisers of the 13th Hydrogen & Fuel Cell conference, Climate Change Solutions, are based at Ryton’s Garden Organic. They develop synergies and partnership projects, promoting low carbon, clean technology solutions to address – “human activities associated with the Industrial Revolution which have effected an unprecedented acceleration of global warming”. Their mission (click to enlarge):

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The conference will feature UK and international examples of commercialisation and demonstration projects – in which Hydrogen and fuels cells are powering our transport, homes, work places and supporting the grid.

The news section of their site includes the headline: ‘Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016’.

The Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research (Birmingham University) is  developing fuel cell systems for cars and other modes of transport, including:

  • Trains: The first prototype hydrogen-powered locomotive of its kind to operate in the UK was built by engineering students and staff. The narrow gauge loco combines a hydrogen fuel cell and lead acid batteries similar to the ones used in cars.
  • Planes: We have been working with the EADS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, to develop fuel cells for unmanned aerial vehicles.

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  • Boats:  A hydrogen-powered canal boat has been built on campus, powered by a combination of a metal hydride solid-state hydrogen store, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell, a lead acid battery stack and an NdFeB permanent magnet electric motor.

And it’s not only about transport – we are working on the design and production of fuel cell equipment for domestic energy supply, power generation, lorries and portable battery replacers.

Read more about the event here: http://www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk/event/hydrogenfuelcellsintothemainstream1/

 

 

 

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