Cafe Scientifique: A hydrogen future

Tuesday 19 July 2011, 19:00
These ultra-lightweight materials, Li4BN3H10 (left) and LiNH2 (right

Ultra-lightweight materials, Li4BN3H10 (left) and LiNH2 (right), offer significant hydrogen storage potential. Amazingly, they contain a higher density of hydrogen (illustrated as white spheres) than liquid hydrogen itself.

What is the future of renewable fuel? Is a hydrogen economy a real possibility? All this and more to be explored by Martin Jones at Cafe Scientifique, Didcot

One of the world’s most pressing concerns is the demand for energy. The growth in world population, coupled with the continued development of the global economy, naturally leads to an increased need for energy. It has been predicted that world’s energy requirements will have doubled by 2050.

The majority (~85%) of the world’s energy is currently derived from the burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is this carbon dioxide that is thought to accelerate the rate of global warming and lead to climate change. If future energy requirements are to be met without increased carbon dioxide emissions, sustainable, non-polluting, energy sources must be harnessed.

The hydrogen economy, where hydrogen gas, produced from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and wave power, is used in conjunction with fuel cells, offers the promise of sustainable, ubiquitous, non-polluting, energy.

This presentation will highlight the key economic, social and political drivers that will bring us to a sustainable energy future, identify how an economy based on hydrogen might achieve this goal, demonstrate the considerable technological barriers to this goal and identify how and why neutron scattering techniques help us to overcome these barriers.

Event type Seminar
Start date and time Tuesday 19 July 2011, 19:00
End Tuesday 19 July 2011, 21:30
Location Cornerstone Arts Centre
Maximum Audience 60


For directions and more information please go to the Cornerstone website

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