Month: May 2017

Hydrogen – what does the future hold?

With the Shell Eco-marathon pioneering new ways for hydrogen to power vehicles, we look ahead to the immediate and long-term future of the versatile fuel. Train trials: ‘Quiet and zero emission trains’ Alstom is working on the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled passenger train. The train recently underwent successful testing and could make its way into the public realm within the next four years. Hydrogen fuel cell trains would strip out the large infrastructure costs and disruption connected with the electrification of train lines, as well as reducing the power drain. And it would achieve the same end result – a...

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Hydrogen for the here and now

BOC takes a look at the many and varied uses of hydrogen in the modern world and how we’re embracing it. The annual global Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) returns to London (May 25-28) for the second time, showing just how far hydrogen has come as a fuel source in recent years. It’s one of the 7 fuel categories the students compete in and growing in popularity. We look at what else is happening right now – from using the gas to power bikes and buses to innovative partnerships. Getting around The Centre for Future Studies believes there could be as many...

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Hydrogen – the first 400 years

BOC looks at the history of hydrogen – from its first discovery to powering cars and beyond… Hydrogen has only been known to us for around 400 years – but in that time it’s come far. In the week before the start of the Shell Eco Marathon, a student competition that sees teams take to the track using vehicles powered by a variety of fuels including hydrogen, we journey through its life from discovery to modern applications. Discovering hydrogen It was the 17th Century when hydrogen was first discovered as a gas. Johann Baptista van Helmont described what it...

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Welding skills shortages – light on the horizon

Good news from Hartwell Manufacturing in West Yorkshire. Concerned by the shortage of new welding talent, the company set up its own training centre at their Wakefield factory last year. Now, six months later, 10 of the students have been offered apprenticeships by Hartwell and other local steel manufacturers, providing a skills boost to the whole sector. As a result, Hartwell has taken on another 10 trainees to learn skills direct from their highly experienced team of welders. Providing skills for the whole welding sector Training young welders to be apprentices elsewhere was all part of the Hartwell plan...

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Give the first class treatment on your next rail project with hydrogen fuelled lighting

The HYMERA® fuel cell and Ecolite-TH200 light provide a lighting solution for rail workers that has no emissions and is silent.  Lighting rail projects is vital to help work continue at off-peak travel times. But it can come with problems – one of the most common complaints about Network Rail workforce behaviour is noise, with 17% of noise complaints relating to generators. Not only are standard diesel engines noisy, but they can be bad for the environment, workers, and the public. Introducing HYMERA®… BOC’s HYMERA® is the world’s first commercially-viable, low-carbon, hydrogen fuel cell generator. When these lightweight and...

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