Hydrogen mobility gets £8.8m boost

The Department for Transport has released £8.8m to improve and expand hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for fuel cell cars across the UK.

A consortium of companies including Shell, Hyundai, Toyota and Honda won the funding, which will be used to grow Britain’s hydrogen network and increase the number of fuel cell vehicles across the country.

£4.3m of the funding has been allocated to ITM Power, a Yorkshire-based energy organisation that supplies hydrogen electrolysis facilities and pumps. This money will be used to build four additional stations, as well as to increase provisions at existing facilities.

“This project will deliver the largest expansion of the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure ever undertaken in the UK and is a very significant step forward for the UK hydrogen industry”, said Dr Graham Cooley, ITM Power CEO.

“The project will fund ITM Power to build four new hydrogen refuelling stations and upgrade five further stations. Our partnership with Shell, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai constitutes a highly coordinated roll out of hydrogen vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.”

New refuelling stations are currently planned for Birmingham, Derby, Southwark and Isleworth. The project also includes procuring hydrogen fuel cell cars for emergency services, including the Metropolitan Police, as well as taxi company Green Tomato Cars and rental firm Europcar.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Decarbonising our roads is an essential part of meeting our climate targets. The innovative new technologies involved present great opportunities for our increasingly low carbon economy.

“Hydrogen has huge potential, especially for those making longer journeys and clocking up high mileage. That is what makes this project truly exciting. Not only is it demonstrating the technology in action, but it is also developing the refuelling infrastructure needed for the future.”

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