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Home is where the hydrogen is

13th June 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Right now, scientists and engineers around the UK are looking for effective ways to tackle climate change and air pollution, by reducing our dependence on burning carbon-based fuels. The UK gas industry is over 200 years old and until the discovery of methane in the North Sea 50 years ago, heating and cooking used town gas that contained approximately 50% hydrogen.
One idea currently being tested is switching back from methane to hydrogen, but what are the safety considerations and costs to the taxpayer for this switch back to hydrogen in everyone’s homes? What about using hydrogen in our cars instead of diesel fuels to improve the air quality of our roads and towns? Are we right to be wary of hydrogen or does it get an unfairly bad press?





Since the White Paper published by the H2Fc Supergen on the “Role of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in providing Low Carbon Heat for the UK”, and the subsequent H21 Leeds City Gate appraisal study for converting the natural gas network in Leeds to transmit 100% hydrogen, the possibility of using hydrogen in homes is being investigated with growing interest in the UK and internationally. Professor Nigel Brandon OBE FREng will talk about this topic and answer any question the audience has on the use of hydrogen in homes.






What is a Café Scientifique?

A Café Scientifique is an informal dialogue-based event with a scientist. A short talk by the speaker is followed by audience questions, an interactive activity and discussion for the rest of the event.

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