HYDROGEN cell technology will be taught in schools across the UK after a successful trial in Swindon.

The teaching packs were developed by town vehicle leasing firm Arval in partnership with the Hydrogen Hub.

The company, part of BNP Paribas, has been working with the Hydrogen Hub – a partnership between local authorities and commercial operators – to develop cleaner and more innovative fuels of the future.

The partnership produced the education packs for pupils studying GCSE chemistry who will learn about hydrogen fuel technology. It follows the successful trial at Bradon Forest and Nova Hreod Academy.

At the launch at Arval’s UK head office in Swindon pupils could see hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles, and get their hands on a fuel cell provided by Fuel Cell Systems, as part of lessons delivered by the Hydrogen Hub team.

Dr Jannine Clapp, head of science from Nova Hreod Academy said: “Having the opportunity to see first-hand how technology can be used for cars in a real world application was a real bonus for our triple science students.

“And this lesson along with the excellent resources created by Arval, Hydrogen Hub and Fuel Cell Systems for schools will help support the scientists of the future.”

Rory Mathews from the Hydrogen Hub said: “As a former teacher and Teach First Ambassador I know the quality of resources produced by industry specialists can be extremely high.

“Often though, the topics covered are not those that need to be taught in schools and so these resources get overlooked.

It has been a pleasure to have been given the opportunity by Arval to produce this fuel cells lesson pack.

“I am confident that using our specialist knowledge at the Hydrogen Hub and tailoring the content to cover crucial exam content we have produced a resource that delivers high-quality learning for students and is extremely valuable to teachers.”

The ground-breaking partnership between the three organisations is set to continue throughout 2019.

Already planned are a set of roadshows at five venues across the country later in the year.