Hydrogen for Transport Programme (HTP)

Hydrogen for Transport Programme (HTP)

Hydrogen Transport Programme (HTP)

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The new Hydrogen for Transport Programme (HTP) sets out the next steps to develop the UK hydrogen vehicle market, providing up to £23m of new grant funding until 2020 to support the growth of refuelling infrastructure alongside the deployment of new vehicles.

The HTP was launched on the 17th August 2017 by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and will provide funding via an open competition for both Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The programme will be supported in two stages:

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.

The deadline for Stage One applications is 0900hrs BST, on Mon 16 October 2017.
To ensure you are kept up to date as the scheme progress, please register your interest by emailing HTPGrants@ricardo.com.

Programme objectives:
 
Important secondary objectives include:

  • Maximising the benefit to the UK hydrogen refuelling network, through ease of access and by reinforcing it (some slight redundancy of station locations will ensure that downtime has less impact for the customer), by extending it (enabling vehicles to travel further) and by increasing the density (more stations between nodes will enable more vehicles to travel within an area).
  • Increasing the amount of hydrogen used and so increasing familiarity, real-world experience and the economics of its delivery.
  • Increasing station throughput, improving the economics of the stations and reducing the likelihood of technical problems linked to idle equipment.
  • Enabling future expansion of both network and individual stations, by judicious placement or the potential to add future capacity.
  • Ensuring credibility in the eyes of all stakeholders, including government, local authorities, fleet operators, station operators and the general public.
  • Enabling, where possible, additional applications that require hydrogen, such as stationary applications or non-fuel cell vehicles, as well as developing the case for expansion of the sector, for example through future links to trains or ferries, or to renewable hydrogen.
  • Helping strengthen the supply chain by providing evidence of emerging markets and hence some mitigation against the risk of early participation.
  • Increasing knowledge throughout the sector, including expert knowledge on performance and failures, best practice, and understanding of refuelling patterns and how to move forward with network optimisation.

This will be met within a framework designed to offer the best Value for Money to the Government and hence to the UK taxpayer.

The size and placement of the stations will be carefully considered, and also;

  • The strength of the links that new stations have with the fleets to be operated,
  • The likelihood – and ease – of other vehicles using the new stations, and
  • How much hydrogen the vehicles will use and how regular the demand will be.

The ability to increase hydrogen capacity and number of dispensers will be taken into account, as will the cost and environmental footprint of the hydrogen.

Stages of the HTP
The following chart details the programme stages and application process.

How to apply
The application form and guidance document can be downloaded the files from the links below:

Alternatively, you can email HTPGrants@ricardo.com to register your interest and request the forms.

Any questions?
Please email HTPGrants@ricardo.com if you have any questions when filling in your application to the programme. Any questions and responses that are also relevant to other potential applicants will be added to the FAQ document available above.

Prospective bidders’ webinar video – Wednesday 20 September, 1430 – 1600hrs