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Lay discourse about hydrogen energy and the environment: Discussion by young people and adults following a first visit to a hydrogen research and demonstration centre

Bellaby, P and Clark, AJ 2014, 'Lay discourse about hydrogen energy and the environment: Discussion by young people and adults following a first visit to a hydrogen research and demonstration centre' , International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39 (7) , pp. 15125-15133.

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Abstract

This paper explores the public's understanding of 'sustainable energy', focusing upon hydrogen, which for most is unfamiliar. We report reactions to a first tour of the recently established 'Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre' in the Valleys of South Wales, which was guided by its scientists and engineers. The visitors lived within 50 miles and fell into three age-categories: 14-year old Baccalaureate students; 18–19 year old students at Tertiary College; and adult- members of a Citizens' Panel. They took part in six focus groups which were facilitated, recorded and then analysed thematically by independent sociologists. The paper examines themes on which the groups agreed or disagreed, and how clear or ambiguous their discourse was. While broad consensus was reached on benefits, costs and safety of hydrogen, there were differences in how groups imagined incorporating it into their lives. In conclusion, we draw lessons for securing wider public commitment to sustainable energy.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Energy
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0360-3199
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: AJ Clark
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 17:26
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 17:26
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33404

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