The UK HFCA welcomes today’s announcements on hydrogen fuelled transport developments in the UK:
‘Britain’s first hydrogen train to revolutionise rail with trials beginning in the Midlands’: This trial involves UK HFCA member the University of Birmingham, working in partnership with Porterbrook. Unlike diesel trains, hydrogen fuelled trains emit no harmful gases, and are an appealing alternative to further electrification.
‘£23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme will see the funding of new hydrogen refuse trucks and hydrogen refuelling station in Glasgow’: UK HFCA member, ULEMCo, is providing these low carbon refuse trucks and gritters in Glasgow, the largest single deployment of hydrogen dual fuel vehicles yet seen. The refuelling infrastructure will be developed and delivered by UK HFCA members including ITM Power.
‘Tees Valley set to host UK’s first hydrogen transport hub, bringing together industry and academia to help create hundreds of green jobs’: Hydrogen transport hubs represent a great way to roll-out a range of hydrogen transport options, with efficiencies around shared refuelling infrastructure and opportunities for economies of scale. Teesside has a range of beneficial attributes as the first hub location, and the UK HFCA looks forward to further hubs and clusters, with links across to other hydrogen solutions.
Chris Jackson, Chair of the UK HFCA, said ‘The UK HFCA is proud to see our members playing a leading role in the deployment of hydrogen systems across the UK. Hydrogen will play a crucial role in the UKs plans to deliver net zero, and will be an essential component of the decarbonisation of heavy transport. I am delighted to see the acceleration of the hydrogen mobility revolution, with hydrogen planes, ferries, cars, buses and now trains all being developed and deployed in the UK. We now look to the UK government to build on the fantastic innovations from the private sector, by releasing a robust and comprehensive hydrogen strategy that recognises the role of hydrogen in Net Zero, as well as a policy roadmap for how the UK can accelerate the commercial deployment of new systems such as hydrogen HGVs, infrastructure, trains and other transport while creating economic opportunities as part of the Post-COVID green recovery.’
You can read the Department for Transport’s full press release here.