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This event is part of our series of lightning lectures at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2019. Perfect for getting a taste of science, why not catch one (or more) of these electrifying 15 minute talks?

What comes to mind when you think of renewable energy? Perhaps you imagine a vast solar farm, or maybe you’re picturing spinning wind turbines in a field. Renewable energy sources like these are already having an impact on the type of power we use, but we are still a long way from curbing our reliance on fossil fuels.

Could the answer lie away from the large-scale infrastructure of fields and farms and in the chemistry lab?

Join Dr Ulrich Hintermair as he explains how a reaction involving water molecules and electricity can create a clean and sustainable source of hydrogen fuel. Discover how a newly developed catalyst can be used to speed up this reaction which is known as water splitting. And explore the ways that this environmentally friendly fuel could contribute to powering our future.

Running times

This event will run at 10.30am and 2.15pm and last approximately 15 minutes.

Talk - admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Limited spaces, admittance based on venue capacity
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 5 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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