08/08/2019

Hands on with the science guiding the Valley’s future

Budding scientists can get hands-on with the latest low emissions technology when hydrogen and carbon science come alive in the Latrobe Valley during National Science Week.

Curious minds and budding scientists can get hands-on with the latest low emissions technology when hydrogen and carbon science come alive in the Latrobe Valley during National Science Week (10-18 August 2019).

The CarbonNet Project is bringing Victoria’s science superstars to the region on Wednesday 14 August for a free community event at Gippsland Tech School from 3.30pm.

Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Amanda Caples will be part of activities, along with scientists from the CSIRO, GeoScience Australia, CO2CRC, the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong.

The event includes a virtual reality activity, hands on interaction with seismic equipment and general experiments exploring the ‘how?’ and ‘why? of things.

Practical experiments include a demonstration of the science behind CarbonNet with a ‘Tim Tam slam’ and a ‘CO2 magic show’, highlighting the unusual properties of Carbon dioxide as it flows through a rock in real time.

Big kids can check out the Toyota Mirai, a Hydrogen car that will be on site, and a Saildrone. A Saildrone is an unmanned ocean vehicle that uses wind and solar power to perform autonomous long-range data collection in the harshest ocean environments.

The event Is focused on hydrogen production and carbon storage, two important elements of the potential Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project which commences its pilot-phase in the Latrobe Valley in 2020.

For more information and event details visit the National Science Week website.

Quotes attributed to Victoria’s Lead Scientist Amanda Caples

“We invite families to call in after school to take part in the great Tim Tam experiment, grab a free cupcake or a snag from the hydrogen-powered sausage sizzle. This is a great opportunity to be part of some fun experiments conducted by real scientists.”

“It’s important to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to experience science up close, especially the science and technology behind local projects like CarbonNet and Hydrogen production.”

Contact: Mark Farrugia

Phone: (03) 8392 6913