Media Briefing: Hydrogen as the fuel of the future
18 Apr 2011



This briefing is a unique opportunity to interview leading international experts on hydrogen storage ahead of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s prestigious Faraday Discussion 151 at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.​

Hydrogen Storage

​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.​


​Hydrogen is widely billed as the fuel of the future.​

The speakers

​Katsuhiko Hirose
​Project General Manager, Strategic Planning & Administration, Fuel Cell System Development, Toyota, Japan
​Dr Thomas Autrey
​Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
​Professor Bill David
​Senior Research Fellow, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
​Professor Stephen Bennington
​Chief Scientific Officer, Cella Energy, and Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK


Registration from: 10:00am
Start time: 10.30am
End time: 12:00pm

NB. Journalists are welcome to stay on for an optional tour of STFC’s ISIS neutron source or for the Faraday Discussion sessions that follow the media briefing. Photography and filming opportunities also available.

What is the news?

Hydrogen is widely billed as the fuel of the future. For this to be a reality there is a pressing need for a safe, economic and reliable way to store and transport hydrogen, particularly for automotive applications. This has prompted a world-wide effort to develop novel materials that are re-usable and capable of storing and releasing significant quantities of hydrogen.

Neutron scattering research and materials development programmes at STFC laboratories are playing a key role in the global development of hydrogen storage technology.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is holding one of its prestigious Faraday Discussions at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) this year to discuss this very topic. Leading experts in the field from all over the world are heading to RAL to take part.

STFC is offering the opportunity for media to interview some of those experts by hosting a media briefing before the Faraday Discussion gets underway. Speakers at the event will give an overview of their work and an update on key developments in the field. All media, including broadcast and photographers, are welcome.

Faraday Discussion Programme

More details about the Faraday Discussion can be found here:

Further information

Royal Society of Chemistry:

Event typeConference
Series titleSTFC Media Briefings
Start date and timeMonday 18 April 2011, 10:00
EndMonday 18 April 2011, 12:00
LocationTarget station 2, ISIS Neutron Source
Maximum Audience40


Target Station 2, ISIS Neutron Source, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Didcot, OX11 0QX  
(Please report to main reception on arrival to be directed).

Registration and transport information

To register your interest in attending this event please contact Lucy Stone, STFC Press Officer on 01235 445627 or or Stephanie Hills, Media manager on 01235 445398 or

A free shuttle bus to RAL has been arranged to depart from Didcot Train Station at 9.25am. (It will be outside the main entrance to Didcot station from 9.15). 12 seats are available. Please let us know if you require a seat, otherwise they will be issued on a first come first serve basis at the station. Further taxis are also readily available at the station.​