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Budding boffins from Glen Urquhart High School have won a national competition to build the most efficient green hydrogen Lego vehicle


By Staff Reporter

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Over 4000 pupils from more than 70 schools took part in the Scottish Schools’ Hydrogen Challenge following its launch at the end of August, with the top teams going on to compete in the final at ScottishPower’s headquarters in Glasgow which coincided with the city hosting the COP26 climate change conference.

Heats across Scotland, including ones held in Wick, Fort William and Inverness saw the teams demonstrate teamwork, determination and the ability to problem solve as they worked to build the most efficient vehicle fuelled by green hydrogen.

The competition was delivered by Arcola Energy and supported by partners ScottishPower, ITM Power, Arup, Abbott Risk Consulting, Opito, the Scottish Cities Alliance and the Hydrogen Accelerator, aiming to educate students on the role of green hydrogen in tackling the ongoing climate emergency and highlighting opportunities for careers in this new industry.

Glen Urquhart’s winning team of Juliet Hall, Connie MacLennan, Cara Armstrong and Morag Dyce took top place with a distance of 105m – achieved with just Lego and green hydrogen.

Making it a top two for Highland schools, Plockton High School secured second place with a total distance of 99.36m.

Barry Carruthers, ScottishPower’s hydrogen director, said: “Green hydrogen is going to prove crucial in Scotland’s work to achieve net zero emissions by 2045, it can provide the zero carbon fuel needed where electrification can’t or won’t reach. We hope this challenge has helped inspire some of the students we have met over the past few weeks and I have no doubt we will see some of them in the future helping to lead the way in a thriving green hydrogen economy.”


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