As Oxford looks to introduce the UK’s first zero emission zone in 2020, a new Hydrogen Hub has launched in Oxfordshire to drive hydrogen (H2) and fuel cell projects in the county.

The new initiative hopes to bring together local stakeholders and the H2 and fuel cell industry to develop projects that will deploy technology in a way which meets the local energy needs of the community. These technologies will have an important role to play in enabling the city to deliver on its ambitious plan to improve air quality in the city centre as well as decarbonising energy across the county.

The Hydrogen Hub launched in Swindon and Wiltshire in January 2016 and has since driven over £1.5m of external investment in H2 and fuel cell projects in the region with more than 50 different organisations participating in working groups and projects. The Hydrogen Hub has attracted attention from the UK Government with Energy Minister Claire Perry visiting the Hub this year. 

Hydrogen Hub Executive Committee Members include BOC, a member of The Linde Group, Arval, McLaren, Doosan Babcock, Fuel Cell Systems and Johnson Matthey.

Hydrogen Hub’s Chairman, Kevin Fothergill, said, “The Hydrogen Hub has been very successful in Swindon and Wiltshire, developing and deploying H2 and fuel cell projects which have established the region as a leader in these clean energy technologies.”

“We are really excited about the launch of the Oxfordshire Hydrogen Hub and we look forward to working with Oxfordshire local authorities, the government and local businesses to help them achieve an innovative and ambitious plan to improve local air quality and decarbonise energy for the benefit of the local environment and economy.”