Business Minister Matthew Hancock has announced that seven new hydrogen projects have been given the go ahead thanks to an investment of £6.6m.

This £6.6m investment will see an initial network of 12 hydrogen refuelling stations established, including new stations built in Brentford and Croydon and a new mobile station that will be used across the south of England, as well as upgrades to existing hydrogen demonstrator stations.

This represents a significant step in enabling the use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the UK.

The seven hydrogen projects are;

  • ITM Power
    • 2 new hydrogen refuelling stations in Brentford and Croydon
    • 4 upgrades to Sheffield and London stations
  • Air Products
    • 2 upgrades to existing stations in Hatton Cross and Hendon
    • 1 upgrade to a mobile refuelling station to support conferences and test drives of fuel cell vehicles
  • Fuel Cell Systems
    • 1 new mobile station based in Southern UK
  • University of South Wales
    • 1 upgrade to an existing station in Port Talbot
  • Honda UK
    • 1 upgrade to an existing station in Swindon

Hancock said, “This investment shows we are serious about increasing the uptake of cleaner vehicles in the UK, and offer a fantastic place for firms to locate their research and development and manufacturing facilities. Supporting new technologies is a key part of our long-term economic plan.”

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer added, “The government will continue to work closely with the industry as it finalises the details of the scheme, including the grant level and final eligibility criteria, but it could be up and running in dealerships as early as this summer. The funding is being made available from the £500m Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) programme for the period 2015 to 2020.”

“The seven new hydrogen projects have been given the green light today. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles share a large proportion of the electric motor and drive train technology with other electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles; it is the energy storage/conversion devices that are different. The fuel cell is an electrochemical device that can be refuelled quickly - it will continue to generate power so long as it is fed with hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles have a similar range to their internal combustion engine equivalents.”

“They are highly efficient devices (50 to 60% compared to an average of around 20% for internal combustion engines) that produce no emissions or pollutants at the tail-pipe and much reduced overall well-to-wheel emissions when compared with today’s petrol and diesel engines.”