London and the South East is to gain a network of five hydrogen refuelling stations under a new project backed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
The three year London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project will seek to install new hydrogen fuelling stations in the South East as well as upgrading the existing network.
Each station will use the quick-fill 700 bar refuelling standard which the first market-ready hydrogen-fuelled cars will be able to use.
Stations at Millbrook Proving Ground and the Transport for London station at Stratford will offer increased accessibility, while the project will also upgrade the station at Heathrow to 700 bar refuelling, in line with the standard which fuel cell carmakers will require.
Led by Air Products, in collaboration with Cenex, Commercial Group, Element Energy, Heathrow Airport and Revolve Technologies, the project will also deploy new hydrogen vehicles in London as a test fleet, including Revolve vans and Hyundai hydrogen cars.
With the market launch of the first fuel cell cars expected from next year, the project will play an important part in helping the country adapt to the use of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles.
Emma Guthrie, Business Development Manager at Air Products said: “Air Products sees the short-term future of hydrogen transport in the UK as based around clusters of hydrogen infrastructure and London is ideal for this. Five hydrogen fuelling stations in London are enough to make it possible for a number of fleets of, buses, cars and other vehicles to build a real presence for hydrogen transport in the capital.”
Like battery electric cars, fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) come with no harmful tailpipe emissions, yet FCEVs also boast a refuelling time similar to a traditional combustion car, of just a few minutes compared to hours of a battery car.
Faye has been writing about cars and environmental issues since 2007. A suspected eco-warrior working on the corporate inside, Faye mainly likes the weird, quirky vehicles that show a distinct environmental advantage. Her ideal car has enough room to fit a bale of hay in the boot. When not working, she likes nothing better than to head out on her bicycle and explore the countryside.
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