UK’s First Integrated Hydrogen Transport System to be Built in London and South East

30 Jan 2013

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LHNE project will create network of hydrogen fuelling stations and deliver new hydrogen vehicles

A consortium of companies with expertise in hydrogen transport infrastructure are to begin work on the three year LHNE (London Hydrogen Network Expansion) project, a government-backed initiative co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board to create the UK’s first hydrogen powered transport system across London and the South East.

The consortium, led by Air Products, will deliver a publicly accessible, state-of-the-art fast-fill 700 bar renewable hydrogen refuelling station network.  LHNE will also deploy new hydrogen vehicles in London; including a number of Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and Revolve hydrogen powered vans.

 Creating this network is particularly important because the major car manufacturers have confirmed that the hydrogen vehicles available for purchase in the UK from 2014/15 require 700 bar refuelling systems.  The LHNE project will upgrade the existing refuelling station located near Heathrow Airport to 700 bar and deliver a brand new refuelling station with this specification in London.

In addition, the project will increase accessibility to the dual-pressure refuelling station at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, and the Transport for London station in Stratford. These developments will create the first network of 700 bar fuelling stations in the UK, ready to meet an increasing demand for hydrogen fuel. The functionality of this network will then be proved by a fleet of hydrogen vans which will be operated by Commercial Group as part of their delivery network.

The LHNE consortium comprises Air Products, Cenex, Commercial Group, Element Energy, Heathrow Airport Ltd and Revolve Technologies Ltd and the project is co-funded by a grant from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. It is one of five research and development projects selected by the Technology Strategy Board in 2012 to help accelerate the adoption of energy systems using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, bringing them into everyday use. The Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority will play a supporting role in the project.

Source: Air Products

Photo: the station at Stratford refuelling a Hyundai ix35 FCEV (Air Products)

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