I wrote a few weeks ago about a solution to storing surplus energy produced by our already massive renewables capacity to extract hydrogen simply and cheaply and safely from water and to store the gas in tanks on unused oil rigs. It’s already being looked at seriously by the Germans so you know what that means:
Now, already Aberdeen City Council has a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles and a storage facility at Cove. To increase awareness of hydrogen fuel cell technology and to attract young potential engineers and entrepreneurs into the field, the council and Hydrogenics, who run the refuelling station, have held a ‘hackathon’ involving 100 young inventors. The original piece in the Scottish Business News Network isn’t too clear just what the challenge was that the young inventors faced. However, there were teams and a cup for the winning team. I have to assume that they had to come up with new ideas to exploit the technology or to improve in some way?