Hydrogen Transport Programme (HTP)
The 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 17 August 2017 by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to provide funding via open competition for both Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in two stages.
Stage 2 commits almost £14 million funding to five projects which will serve to enhance and expand the UKs refuelling network and increase station utilisation with new vehicles. A wide range of consortium partners will contribute to individual projects including UK and global OEMs, A research institute, Local authorities and combined authorities as well as hydrogen suppliers.
The combined contribution of these projects will be to deploy 5 new hydrogen refuelling stations, 73 fuel cell electric vehicles and 33 fuel cell electric buses. The winning projects are dispersed across the UK with activities in Northern Ireland (Belfast), Scotland (Aberdeen), Wales (Monmouthshire) and England (Crawley, St. Helens, Middlesbrough and Stockton on Tees).
The first stage of the programme awarded £8.8 million to a project to deploy four new hydrogen refuelling stations. These are in Derby and Birmingham (both expected to be open in 2019), which will have a capacity of at least 80 kg H2/day and two in London (West London, most likely in the area of Fulham, and a further London location TBD) with 200 kg H2/day capacity. In addition to the new stations, four existing stations in Teddington, Cobham, Rainham and Sheffield are being upgraded under stage 1 to improve the overall reliability and user-experience with a fifth station in Swindon extensively upgraded and re-opened in September 2018. All stations will provide hydrogen at 350 and 700 bar.
Alongside the hydrogen refuelling stations, Stage 1 will deploy over 190 new fuel cell electric vehicles (from Toyota (>170 FCEVs), Hyundai and Honda, this will include at least 10 FCEVs to customers at the stations in Swindon, Derby and Birmingham and 4 vehicles will be in use in Aberdeen before the end of 2018. The majority of the FCEVs will be deployed in and around London to a variety of end users, including Green Tomato Cars and the Metropolitan Police who will deploy large numbers of vehicles (>50 FCEVs each), as well as end users looking to trial the vehicles, including the London Fire Brigade and British Transport Police (< 5 FCEVs).
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Please email HTPGrants@ricardo.com if you have any questions about the Hydrogen for Transport Programme.