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Young engineers gear up for carbon-free challenge in Wrexham

15 August 2017


Taking time out of their summer holiday, young engineers and programmers aged eight to 18 from the Wrexham and North Wales area will take part in a carbon-free initiative at Wrexham Glyndwr University called the Arcola Energy Hydrogen Hack.

Forming part of the Arcola’s long-running, not-for-profit education programme the Schools Hydrogen Challenge, the event aims to raise awareness among young people of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

During this week-long event in Wrexham, around 10 young inventors who have registered to take part in this free to enter unique challenge will use their creativity and engineering skills to hack hardware; making it move faster, longer or to take its first steps as an animate object.

The youngsters will choose an object from the box provided such as a toy car, duck, boat or robot and using their RPi, Arduino and the Fuel Cell provided will make it do something new.

The Wrexham event will start at Techniquest Glyndŵr at 10am on August 21st and will run until 25th August.

Cerian Farrant, from Techniquest Glyndŵr comments: “We are delighted to be hosting the North Wales heat. This is a really creative, innovative and fun way for young people to learn more about clean energy and the role it plays in ensuring a sustainable future for everyone.

Dr Ben Todd, Managing Director of Arcola Energy, continues: “We are delighted to be partnering with Techniquest Glyndŵr to deliver these innovative hack events and can’t wait to see the finished products.” 

In support of the event in Wrexham will be the futuristic Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car and on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd August visitors to Techniquest Glyndŵr will be able to see the car up close and find out how it uses hydrogen to generate electrical power.

The Hydrogen Hack event will take place during the week commencing Monday 21st August in 10 regional centres across the UK culminating in a national, final event in London on Saturday 26th August, where the winner will receive the Arcola Cup.

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