UK website showcases hydrogen as fuel for British road transport

September 11th, 2013 by UK H2 Mobility

(click on image to go to UK H2Mobility project website)

(click on image to go to UK H2Mobility project website)

The UK H2Mobility project is detailing how to take the best environmental and commercial advantage of hydrogen as a low carbon fuel for road transport and is evaluating the benefits of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

The project involves Air Liquide SA, Daimler AG, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Hyundai Motor Company, Intelligent Energy Limited, ITM Power PLC, Johnson Matthey PLC, Morrisons, Nissan Motor Company, Sainsbury’s, SSE PLC, BOC, Toyota Motor Corporation) and three UK Government Departments (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Department of Energy and Climate Change; and the Department for Transport).

The consortium has a new website, and is developing a roadmap for the introduction of FCEVs and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to the UK.

Its initial research has already identified the potential for 1.6 million hydrogen powered vehicles to be on Britain’s roads by 2030.

The UK H2Mobility project covers a wide spectrum of issues, from fuel production, supply and distribution, to the development of a practical national fuel infrastructure, and the introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to the market.

It has also explored public attitudes to hydrogen fuel, its potential to reduce environmental impact, and the level of investment that will be required to make it a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

With the benefit of the data and insights gained, the consortium is now developing a co-ordinated business plan in the second phase of the project.

The website provides an overview of all aspects of the project, setting out its aims and the key learnings from its initial phase of work.

It gives explanations of hydrogen fuel and hydrogen refuelling stations, together with the principles of FCEVs and the contribution they can make to future low carbon transport.

Profiles of the individual businesses and the UK Government departments working together as part of UK H2Mobility are provided along with an FAQ section that answers the most commonly asked questions about hydrogen fuel and the consortium’s work.

Chris O’Keefe, Chair of UK H2Mobility Communications Committee, said “we believe it’s important that the work UK H2Mobility is doing is kept in the public eye.”

“The more we can do to explain the advantages and possibilities that hydrogen fuel can deliver, the more we can build public interest and confidence in the technology.”

“As manufacturers prepare to bring the first FCEVs to market in the next few years, we are keen to help the UK take a leadership role in securing the environmental, societal and business rewards which hydrogen fuel can deliver,” Mr O’Keefe said.


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