Britain: A Green Science Superpower

As of now I have been stuck in a rut with my science career aspirations struggling to choose between being a researcher or an entrepreneur. I am working for a degree in earth and environmental science but I don’t want to work as a researcher in academia or government work. I want to make something useful to science and society that will make me an inventor and an entrepreneur. The focus of my degree is on water technology and I am going into that because there is a growing market that is responding to a number of challenges facing the world. But what could I do to make money in hydrology and use that to invent something?

One field of work that I want to get into is the hydrological technology sector helping to develop the hydrogen fuel industry or develop infrastructure to get Britain harvesting vast amounts of water. I am already working in some capacity on the latter by developing a rainwater harvesting system in Nigeria. That project requires a bit of money to get the component parts for a small community hall. You can contribute to that through the Go Fund Me page. It will be a stepping stone for me but I must follow this revolution in the hydrogen fuel market in some part. From now on water is going to become more valuable than oil as it is both a fuel source and a commodity that is essential to our lives.

Later in the next decade petrol and diesel cars are going to be banned from being sold in Western Europe as they are toxic polluters to our cities. This is not just a political strategy its also an aid to supporting the green technology industry. Over the last 20 years there have been gradually progressive advances in the automobile industry. Tesla has developed batteries that are able to recharge faster and hold a greater electrical capacity for an all day usage up to 360 miles and has helped to build 25’000 superfast charging points across Europe. Some other companies like Honda and Hyundai have been developing fuel cell electric vehicles that have now gone mainstream in some parts of the world. These use hydrogen gas to make electricity through a process of electrolysis that can be made on a mass scale in the same way as petrol. I’ve seen this technology start off as a component that helped America power spacecraft to reach humans to the Moon in the 1960s. Now it’s a device that can power the cars of the common people on Earth.

I am in favour of hydrogen fuel cells as the main player in the green technology takeover of the car industry but I am always in favour of a diversity of ideas. So I am happy for people to have the freedom of choice in regards to the eco-technology that they choose to have. They can have a lithium battery car or a hydrogen fuel cell car. I won’t mind what they take as long as it is green and clever in it’s performance.

The British government has laid out a recovery plan to make Britain a superpower of science in hydrogen power and other forms of green energy. I want to see this happen and one component of it that I want to see developed is the infrastructure of hydrogen gas stations. The technology for the cars with the hydrogen fuel cells exist but the infrastructure is still not built to a nationwide capacity. I would like to see one worthy and intelligent creator capitalise on this by building a large network of hydrogen fuel stations with supercharging points. This will bring a completely new set of opportunities for people as the country goes carbon neutral. But we can’t rely entirely on the government for this. We the living need to build this ourselves locally or nationally as we have the will and determination to go with our skills and abilities to build it.

Just recently I have heard Greta Thunberg criticise the Science Museum Group for having Shell sponsor their Our Future Planet exhibition, which covers the science of global warming and the devices and methods that can be used to combat it. In the Science Museum’s defence they are showing that energy companies like Shell are reinventing themselves with new products and services that can improve the wellbeing of people and the planet. The aim of this is transition the company from being a polluter to a carbon neutral company that may give up oil for hydrogen fuel production. Don’t environmental activists have any respect for innovators or companies that create new things anymore? They just want to use the climate agenda to control world governments and people’s choices in what they buy. That is so obnoxious and patronising. That’s why I think activists like Greta are hopeless useless do-gooders.

Could this be the roaring twenties of the 21st century where the eco-car replaces the petrol engines of the world? It will become like that eventually. What could this do for the Middle East where for decades it has become a source of power grabbing to secure cheap and reliable oil supplies for the Western world. I think the way it will turn out is that we in the West will retract our interests in the Middle East as Britain focuses on developing hydrogen fuel that will systematically reduce the supply of oil imports. This will mean that the Middle East will have to seek a new form of income from international trade. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate saw this coming in the 1980s and decided to transition to a tourist economy where they have the biggest hotels in the world.

There are a large number of hydrogen fuel cell development projects taking place across the Tees Valley and the Midlands. In the Tees Valley alone more than half of the UK’s hydrogen is produced and then transported across the regions. In June it was announced that a £1.3 million project will be built in Middlesbrough and Redcar to deliver two refuelling stations plus a fleet of hydrogen technology cars across the region. All this is part of a £14 million nationwide plan to bring hydrogen is the primary source of fuel for heating homes across Britain. I reckon hydrogen will the future for running the country’s infrastructure and transport and this is where I think environmental scientists ought to be focusing on. In fact we should get into the green energy sector, not just monitoring climate change.

Now I know where my destiny lies as a scientist. I am not decided on which venture within green technology to go into but it will definitely be something involving hydrology. There are a lot of opportunities to go in this.

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