The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) welcomes recent advancements in the take-up of hydrogen (H2) infrastructure following recent government funding and the inclusion of H2 in the Blue Book.

Hydrogen refuelling

Hydrogen refuelling

Despite the success of H2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) around the world, a lack of refuelling opportunities nationally has hampered their introduction in the UK.

Doug Thornton, CEO of the BCGA, explains, “uptake of H2 fuelled cars has made faster progress across other parts of the world, including mainland Europe, America and Japan.

“But the lack of fuelling infrastructure nationwide has been putting the brakes on their introduction elsewhere in the UK, he added.

However, the BCGA says the process to address this obstacle has taken a major step forward following the Government’s announcement of a new £23m fund to accelerate the take-up of H2 vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure.

The situation received a further boost, with the ultra-low emission energy source featuring in a supplement to the Blue Book.

The Blue Book offers expert information on the storage and dispensing of fuel for vehicles and the BCGA says the inclusion of H2 in a supplement presents another significant milestone in addressing the fuelling infrastructure shortfall.

“H2 needs to become available at fuel stations throughout the country and the Government’s announcement, coupled with its inclusion in the Blue Book, marks the start of the process to make this happen,” Thornton enthused.

The BCGA says industrial gases are emerging as a major force in the quest for greener transportation in the UK.

BCGA is a not-for-profit Trade Association, whose duty is to ensure safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of industrial, food and medical gases