London, 23 May 2017: The Linde Group will be the sole supplier of hydrogen fuel and hydrogen technology expertise at this year’s Make the Future Live London. At the heart of this innovative festival is Shell Eco-marathon Europe, a unique competition that challenges students to design and build ultra energy-efficient cars and then drive them on a purpose built track to see which can travel the furthest distance on the equivalent of a litre of fuel. The annual competition takes place in Asia, the Americas and Europe, with the London leg of the competition taking place May 25-28 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This year will mark the seventh consecutive year Linde has sponsored the event by supporting student teams entering the hydrogen-powered fuel cell class with both hydrogen and technical assistance. As part of Linde’s hydrogen showcase at the event, the company will be inviting members of the public to explore the story of Linde hydrogen using augmented reality-enabled tablets – including what is hydrogen; how hydrogen is produced, stored and distributed; hydrogen refuelling technologies; the various applications for transportation and the benefits hydrogen delivers for cleaner air. There will also be an innovative installation using infinity mirrors to demonstrate the enormous impact hydrogen could have on London’s air quality if all public buses in the city ran on hydrogen (currently only 8 out of a total of 9,300 buses are hydrogen fuelled).
Linde will also showcase its innovative HYMERATM hydrogen fuel cell generator, the world’s first high-efficiency, portable hydrogen fuel cell generator. HYMERA is capable of charging as many as 40 mobile phones at a time and will enable Shell Eco-marathon participants to stay connected during the competition. “We are immensely proud to continue our relationship with Shell and we share a commitment to realising the vast environmental benefits which can be delivered by alternative fuels,” said Sue Graham Johnston, Managing Director of BOC, Linde’s UK subsidiary. “Linde is passionate about developing technologies to enable cleaner air and encouraging future generations to not only embrace those technologies but to refine and advance them.”
Using hydrogen as a transport fuel has huge environmental benefits, as the only exhaust emission it creates is water. Reducing emissions is top of mind for the government, and the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs has recently shared its proposals for plans to reduce emissions that include the introduction of Clean Air Zones around the UK. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, a long-time advocate of clean air legislation, has announced the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone in the city to from April 2019 for vehicles above exhaust emissions standards, and a Toxicity Charge for the city’s most polluting vehicles, to come into effect in October this year.
Linde is a global leader in hydrogen fuelling technology and has built the largest hydrogen fuelling infrastructure system in the world with more than 150 separate stations in 15 countries. Linde and subsidiary BOC lead the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, whose formation led to the UK’s first and largest hydrogen production and bus refuelling station and Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet.
About The Linde Group In the 2016 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.948 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 60,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared toward long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business, with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com.
About Shell Eco-marathon Shell Eco-marathon is a unique, global competition that challenges students to push the boundaries of energy efficiency on the road. There are three regional Shell Eco-marathon competitions held throughout the year in Asia, America and Europe. The competition provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves. It aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers of the future.
Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia, up until 2013. The event was held in Manila, Philippines from 2014 to 2016 and moved to Singapore as part of the Make the Future festival for the first time in 2017.
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