Cafe Scientifique: A hydrogen future
19 Jul 2011



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 typeSeminar
Start date and timeTuesday 19 July 2011, 19:00
EndTuesday 19 July 2011, 21:30
LocationCornerstone Arts Centre
Maximum Audience60​