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London to be saved by hydrogen men

ICE News

HYDROGEN POWER will one day clean up the planet and shift the geo-political power base, power campaigner Peter Chambers claimed this week, ahead of an important meeting on hydrogen power scheduled for the ICE on 10 September.

As concern over the security of oil supply grows, the case for developing an alternative hydrogen-based fuel infrastructure is gathering impetus. Next week ICE London members will hear how hydrogen power technology is developing and what challenges lie ahead.

Evidence of hydrogen's potential will soon be whizzing through London's streets. Next year, three hydrogen powered fuel cell buses begin their public trials through the capital, emitting no more than water vapour.

The project will be outlined at the meeting by deputy mayor of London, Nicky Gavron.

Bus refuelling depots already provide the necessary infrastructure, said Chambers. Parallel trials will also be carried out in nine other capital cities worldwide.

In the longer term, hydrogen powered cars using either fuel cells or internal combustion engines are expected. BMW head of government and industrial affairs John Hollis will set out the firm's development and production plans.

The hydrogen power cycle involves using electricity to produce hydrogen, which is then either burned in combustion engines or converted back into electricity using a fuel cell.

Hydrogen's greatest asset is that engine emissions are harmless and, if the initial electricity is generated using sustainable means, it represents the cleanest available source of power.

But opponents claim that wind farms alone would be unable to fuel a fleet of buses or cars.

Chambers refutes this: a 30km 2wind farm could provide enough power to fuel over 4M cars or 90,000 buses, he has calculated.

Work is already under way to harness electricity from Delabole wind farm in Cornwall to provide hydrogen to power local buses, according to Wind Electric director Martin Edwards. He, plus engineers Shane Slater and Ben Madden from the project's consultant Whitby Bird & Partners, will also address the meeting.

The meeting kicks off at 6pm.

following a workshop that starts at 4.15pm.

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