Students compete to build hydrogen-powered LEGO vehicle

School pupils across Scotland are competing with each other to build the fastest hydrogen-powered LEGO vehicle.

To illustrate the importance of tackling the problem of fuel in light of the climate crisis, the Scottish School’s Hydrogen Challenge was set up to put young, bright minds to good use. More than 7,000 Scottish school kids will have two hours to design, build, and race a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle of their own design and made from LEGO bricks.

Whichever vehicle travels the fastest and furthest using zero-emission fuel sources will go on to take part in a grand final in Glasgow during the COP26 climate conference. The event will see UN delegates from around the world come together to discuss the climate crisis.

The builds must rely on hydrogen power, which is made when renewable electricity is used to power an electrolyser, splitting water into the two elements of hydrogen and oxygen.

The competition will take place at schools in Fort William, Wick, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Stirling, Edinburgh, and Glasgow on September 10. Three companies, Arcola Energy, ITM Power, and ScottishPower, are partnering up to deliver the challenge and educate the next generation about the importance of clean energy.

“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,” explained Barry Carruthers, hydrogen director at ScottishPower in an interview with Energy Voice.

“This green 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.”

Featured Image: Scottish Power

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