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Date added: Jan 07, 2009

Hydrogen Expert Criticises New Bond Film

Model of Hydrogen Car at Salford Physics

A Salford University professor has accused the latest James Bond film of “irresponsible scaremongering” for its depiction of hydrogen in the climactic final scene (comparing it to the 1937 Hindenberg disaster).

Professor Keith Ross has criticised the scene, in which hydrogen is seen to explode dramatically, for portraying the fuel as dangerous when, in fact, it can be handled quite safely.

He blames the infamous fire of the German airship Hindenberg for the public and film-makers' attitudes. While widely believed to be caused by hydrogen, the fire has, in fact, been attributed to the flammable exterior paintwork.

He said: “I was perturbed to watch the James Bond film's climax. It was unrealistic and may perpetuate the fear that hydrogen should be avoided.”

“Although potentially explosive in a confined space, the fuel can be handled quite safely. If released into the open air, hydrogen would only burn with a blue flame, a fact obviously of no interest to a film-maker!”

“Like the famous photographs of the Hindenberg disaster, the scene's images could well stick in the public's consciousness.”

Professor Ross is leading a major research project into the viability of hydrogen as an economical, low carbon fuel, and a more environmentally friendly alternative to petrol and diesel-based engines.

“The world needs a practical alternative to fossil fuels and I believe that hydrogen may be the way forward,” he said. “The public needs to be reassured about its safety and scaremongering in the media will only set us back.”

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