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Green future for the red bus? Fuel cells go public in Trafalgar Square


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BY LAURA GALLAGHER
Thursday 6 October 2005

Trafalgar Square filled with the eco-friendly vehicles of the future on 3 October 2005 as researchers from Imperial took part in an event highlighting the potential of fuel cells.

Fuel cell bike

A London bus that runs on hydrogen fuel cells and has no greenhouse gas emissions was one of the exhibits on display to members of the public at the event, which was organised by Grove Fuel Cell and the London Hydrogen Partnership.

Professor Nigel Brandon Opens in new window, Earth Science and Engineering, Dr Dan Brett, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Dr Anna Lashtabeg, Materials and Greg Offer, Chemistry, were on hand to explain how fuel cells work and how fuel cell technology can be applied.

Professor Brandon, Imperial's Shell Chair in Sustainable Development in Energy, leads the College's research into fuel cells for the UK Energy Research Centre.

Fuel cell bus

Imperial researchers are aiming to gain insight into how fuel cells work and improve the performance of low temperature Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, suited to use in transportation, and high temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, suited to providing heat and power for buildings. The researchers are also informing decisions on environmental and energy policy.

Dr Brett said: "It's great for us to have this opportunity to tell the public about the work we have been doing. People are increasingly aware of the importance of cutting carbon emissions and tackling global warming and we welcome the chance to tell people about how our research can make a positive contribution."

Fuel cells have the potential to provide environmentally friendly power for vehicles, portable goods such as laptops, and homes or office blocks. They produce energy by combining fuel and an oxidant. Where the cells are fuelled by hydrogen, the only products are energy and water, so no greenhouse gases are emitted.

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