Jordanhill: Glasgow school welcomes hydrogen bus ahead of COP26
A hydrogen-powered double-decker bus completed its very first UK tour at a Glasgow school ahead of COP26.
The UK Hydrogen Roadshow arrived at Jordanhill School on Friday after a 600 mile journey that began in London on October 18. The students were able to explore the bus before it went to the next United Nations climate conference in the city.
The children also attended a presentation on how hydrogen fuel works to eliminate emissions – the only by-product being water – and recharge the bus with batteries.
Student AmÃ©lie Lapthorn, 11, was delighted with what she learned on the bus.
AmÃ©lie said: âWe have learned that hydrogen is a very good renewable source for the future and that it can be used for trains, ships and planes. I love the way it ejects the water, and the water is clean and safe enough to drink.
Dylan Fraser Rae, 11, added: “This is a big step into the future.”
The young people toured the bus and gave a presentation on hydrogen fuel to promote positive learning about the environment ahead of COP26.
Director John Anderson explained, âWe are starting work on Monday for COP26, and this is the catalyst for the project.
âWe try to focus on hope for the future, because there are a lot of negative stories about environmental problems and it can be crippling. We try to show the students that there are many innovative solutions.
The hydrogen bus is perfect because it’s a technology they can understand. They know that water is not going to damage their local environment or contribute negatively to climate change. This then helps us to focus on teaching COP26 through our subjects. ”
Hydrogen Roadshow is a partnership between bus builder Wrightbus, hydrogen distribution company Ryze Hydrogen and hydrogen production company INEOS.
Tom Greenshields, Business Development Manager at Wrightbus, said: âIt doesn’t look or feel any different from a regular bus. You wouldn’t know sitting on it that it runs on hydrogen.
The bus only takes five minutes longer to refuel than a regular diesel bus and is equipped for city trips and longer journeys.
They already have bus fleets elsewhere in the UK, but this vehicle is the precursor to the technology being developed.
He will soon travel to the Climate Summit Center in Glasgow where he will be on display to world leaders and visitors to see the technology being used and produced in the UK.