Zay explores tomorrow’s world of hydrogen technology and cutting-edge transport.
In Lulea, Sweden, the “Hybrit” project is trialling green hydrogen to produce a sponge iron that will revolutionise the steel industry. Zay visits the “Centre of Advanced Propulsion Systems”, to see how hydrogen fuel cells are made and changing low carbon technology applications. Zay explores the potential of hydrogen powertrains behind Zeroavia’s 19-seater civil aircraft at Kemble airport in Gloucestershire, England. Meanwhile, at “Vertical Aerospace” in Bristol, Rolls Royce and Honeywell computers are building a flying ambulance and taxi service that will take the volume of traffic and its pollution off the roads. Vertiports will be part of our new skyways infrastructure by 2028. We look into the smart pop-up skyports being prototyped by the likes of “Urban Airport”. Talk about alleviating road pollutants… a new delivery system called “Magway” proposes to use maglev technology to turn logistics on its carbon-heavy head by its ingenious use of rail carriage transports that take freight horizontally and vertically into the offices of our urban centres. Zay gets a practical science lesson on this old but untried technology from Innovation engineer Aanchar Mittal. The episode wraps up with a thought on the future of public transport, which is, of course, key to reducing our highway carbon footprint. After Covid’s maligning of shared common spaces, Coventry University in England has come up with a Post Pandemic pod vehicle that is as versatile as it is carbon free.