The Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) is one of the world’s leading energy-efficiency competitions. Every year, over 450 international student teams take part, designing vehicles to compete in different fuel categories. The aim is to build a car that can travel the longest distance with the least amount of fuel. Linde has sponsored the event for many years now – supplying teams in the hydrogen category with webinars, hands-on support and, of course, gas.
Putting your gas on the line
Among those heading to the SEM on behalf of Linde is Mathias Kurras, project manager at the Advanced Technology Centre (ATZ) in Vienna. Kurras is an avid fan of both hydrogen mobility and the event. “It is really refreshing for Linde to witness the passion students have for hydrogen,” he explains. “In the run up to the race, teams often sit together until the early hours of the morning, determined to find a solution to a particular problem.”
For Linde, the event provides another chance to demonstrate the “real-life” potential of the gas as a fuel and engage young people in innovative approaches to mobility. But the benefits don’t end there. Working closely with students also allows Linde to gain a broader overview of external perceptions surrounding the topic – and address them if necessary. “Those who have less experience with hydrogen tend to think that the equipment is extremely expensive and sometimes dangerous,” explains Kurras. “We of course know this is not the case, but it’s important to be aware that these concerns exist.”