2020 is a big year for promoting Hydrogen and Fuel Cells to a global audience, in particular the Tokyo Olympic Games, dubbed the “Hydrogen Olympics”.
To support this we are delivering an education programme in schools across Tokyo, with an aim to expand to additional locations (both across Japan and internationally) through corporate and governmental support. In addition we hope to engage directly with members of the public attending the games.
The programme is centred on the Hydrogen Challenge – a hands-on “design, build, race” style workshop. Participants use custom-designed Lego kits and miniature hydrogen fuel cells to create the most energy efficient vehicle possible. It is a great way to engage not only young people and teachers, but also government and industry decision-makers.
The Programme is made possible by partnership with local educational institutions, providing facilitators, location specific advice and consultation on translating and adapting our workshop materials to align with -and draw attention to- local and national projects.
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To use the focal point of the Olympic and Paralympic games as the launch of a global Hydrogen & Fuel Cell education programme and establish a unique communication platform for the Hydrogen Council & its members.
Programme – Legacy
The Hydrogen Olympics
Tokyo Metropolitan Government with the Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee have announced that the Olympic Village will be powered by hydrogen fuel. ¥40B (~$350m) has been allocated to subsidise hydrogen vehicles and fuelling stations in the run-up to the Games. Hydrogen will be used in the Olympic torch relay, including the torch lighting the cauldron at the new national stadium in Tokyo.
Arcola Energy Education
Established in 2007, the Arcola Energy Education programme works with tens of thousands of young people every year from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi, Ireland to Indonesia, enabling them to build and race their own mini-hydrogen fuelled vehicles.
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