The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced today details of their £23 million Hydrogen Transport Programme, with the aim of expanding the network of hydrogen refuelling stations alongside the deployment of fuel cell vehicles, building on the successes of their previous HRS Infrastructure Capital Grant Scheme.
This new £23M Hydrogen Transport Programme will provide funding to support the roll out of hydrogen refuelling stations and fuel cell vehicles in the UK. The programme has two primary objectives:
- to increase the number of publicly-accessible hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK,
- to increase the number of fuel cell-powered electric vehicles on UK roads.
£23M of funding is by open competition for both Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and will be released in two stages. Stage One of the HTP opened to applications for funding on 17th August, and closes on 16th October 2017. It is anticipated that several projects will receive funding awards, to be funded between November 2017 and May 2019.
- Stage 1 will commit up to £9m to 50:50 match fund around seven HRSs to be completed in 2018/19, plus captive fleets. Funding will commence in November 2017.
- Stage 2 will commit up to £14m to fund up to ten HRSs plus captive fleets and will begin in December 2018, subject to market developments over Stage 1.
The funding will allow additional larger capacity HRS to be built, whilst optimising the utilisation of these and existing stations by providing funding to support the purchase of vehicle fleets that can be refuelled at all HRS.
For further information about the programme – including details about how to apply – please see the Hydrogen Transport Programme website. Alternatively you can write to HTPGrants@ricardo.com to register your interest and request the forms.