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Scottish students use miniature hydrogen fuel cells to power LEGO cars in new competition
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Scottish students use miniature hydrogen fuel cells to power LEGO cars in new competition

A new competition has tasked Scottish students to develop a green hydrogen-fuelled vehicle made of LEGO with the winners from each city set to compete in a green final in Glasgow during COP26.

Aiming to inspire and educate the younger generation in Scotland, the Scottish Schools’ Hydrogen Challenge tasks 7,000 students to create a LEGO car powered by a miniature hydrogen fuel cell with the winner decided by distance.

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The competition came to fruition through a collaboration between Arcola Energy, ITM Power and ScottishPower with education on the importance of green hydrogen a significant factor to the challenge’s creation.

The first regional showpiece took place in Inverness on September 3 with competitions set to lead up to the grand COP26 final.

Barry Carruthers, Hydrogen Director at ScottishPower, said, “Scotland is about to host one of the most important climate summits ever, COP26, and we want to help bring some of the energy and excitement around COP26 to schools across Scotland with our partners Arcola Energy and ITM Power.

“The Hydrogen Challenge will help engage Scottish students in how green hydrogen can help decarbonise our daily lives by providing a clean fuel alternative to heavy industries and transport and supporting hundreds of green jobs.”

Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said, “It is vitally important we work with young people as they grow up during the rapid shift to a net-zero economy.

“We are thrilled to be working with partners Arcola and ScottishPower, who are as passionate as we are about inspiring and upskilling a future generation of scientists and engineers.

“These hydrogen-fuelled vehicles are being built by the generation who will inherit the hydrogen technology that we at ITM Power are creating today. We hope to learn as much from them as they do from us.”

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