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Tomorrow’s energy engineers are already building the future

This August something special is happening all over the UK… In schools, science centres and sponsored venues 100 specially selected young people will be taking their first steps into building their zero-carbon future. Operated by Arcola Energy as part of their Schools Hydrogen Challenge programme, these young inventors, coders and makers will be taking part in the world’s first Hydrogen Hack, which will see young people from across the country using hydrogen fuel cells to re-engineer everyday objects. The Hydrogen Hack challenges participants to ‘hack’ an object, making it do something new and exciting using open-source tools such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino and government data.

There’s only one rule in this challenge: All inventions must be powered by an integrated 5watt hydrogen fuel cell system.

Each regional centre has a team of mentors and specialists on hand to help guide participants build their inventions lending their knowledge of programming, electronics, product design, engineering and, of course, the fuel cells themselves, to give teams the best chance to build something with real wow-factor!

During the week-long challenge, Hydrogen Hack sponsors Toyota will be lending the Arcola team a Mirai, which will be driving to as many centres as possible, giving the young inventors a taste of what our low-carbon future is likely to look like – as well as a ride in the world’s first production-line hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

It doesn’t end there though, on the Saturday of the Hydrogen Hack week, all participants will be invited down to London’s Ravensbourne College campus on Greenwich Peninsula for a final show-and-tell, giving them the opportunity to present their inventions and win trophies for several secret judging categories and a chance to win the grand prize: The Arcola Cup.

There’s still time to apply for a FREE place, if this sound like your ideal week head over to and get your application in now!