Latest News on the UK Hydrogen Economy - 05/08/22


Ames Goldsmith Ceimig, as a manufacturer of catalysts such as Iridium Oxide, Iridium Ruthenium Oxide, Iridium Black, Platinum Black & Platinum on Carbon support, are strong supports of the emerging Hydrogen Economy and supply many manufacturers of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology including PEM Electrolysers and PEM Fuel Cells.


In the UK we are members of the UKHFCA & SHFCA. Here are some of the recent developments in Hydrogen happening in the UK and affecting the Hydrogen Economy more broadly:


UK Sector Development Plan - Weblink


The UK Government has released the Hydrogen Sector Development Action Plan, which highlights the nature and scale of opportunities across the hydrogen economy in the UK. This sector plan identifies the UK’s strong potential as a future exporter of hydrogen while maintaining secure supplies for domestic use.

Analysis by BEIS suggests that the 10GW by 2030 UK ambition could mobilise over £9 billion of private investment in production alone, and support more than 12,000 jobs by 2030 across production, distribution and storge, including domestic and exports. Significantly higher investment and jobs figures are expected across the wider supply chain.


UK Energy Bill seeks to drive £100bn of investment into new tech, hydrogen included - Weblink


It has been revealed, the proposed UK Energy Bill is set to be unveiled in Parliament today (July 6) and will offer measures to support the deployment of hydrogen with a bid to drive investment.


According to the Government, the Bill seeks to drive £100bn ($119.7bn) of investment into new British industries to diversify the country’s domestic energy supply with technologies including hydrogen and offshore wind.


The Government announcement has also revealed intentions to deliver a large village hydrogen heating trial by 2025 in an attempt to prove evidence on the role of hydrogen in heat decarbonisation. Whitby in the Ellesmere Port area near Liverpool, and Redcar near Middlesbrough, have been identified as potential locations.


Tevva launch UK 7.5-tonne H2 fuel cell electric truck - Weblink

Tevva’s 7.5-tonne hydrogen fuel cell electric truck


Tevva has launched their first hydrogen fuel cell-supported heavy goods vehicle (HGV). Tevva’s hydrogen electric truck will have a range of up to 310 miles (500 kilometres) and its hydrogen tanks can be refilled in 10 minutes. It will be the first vehicle of its kind to be manufactured, designed and mass produced in the UK, see it on video: https://youtu.be/42_A8Pb2-Gw


By adding a hydrogen fuel cell system to its battery-electric HGV design, Tevva is delivering zero-emission solutions that will work for the overwhelming majority of fleet operators across a range of industries and sectors. The fuel cell system tops up the battery, extending the vehicle’s range and allowing the truck to carry heavier loads over longer distances.


UK hydrogen fuelling partnership established - Weblink


Element 2 has deepened its commitment to establishing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK with its new partnership with hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) manufacturer, Riversimple.


The company revealed today (July 5) a Letter of Intent with Riversimple to purchase and take over operation of its hydrogen refuelling station in Abergavenny, Wales, UK, with a view for Element 2 to become Riversimple’s core refuelling infrastructure partner.


bp, BOC study results set to accelerate hydrogen uptake in UK road freight - Weblink


The completion of a feasibility study which explored optimised designs for a hydrogen distribution and supply network for heavy-duty transport in the UK has today (July 5) been announced.


bp and BOC have said the joint study found distributing hydrogen as a compressed gas via road trailer is the best option to stimulate the UK market to take up hydrogen fuel for heavy-duty transport over the mid-term.


The companies say the nine-month study has provided important insights into requirements and options for hydrogen distribution, station design, and dispensing costs for heavy-duty applications.


Motive Fuels and Tevva partner on UK hydrogen refuelling - Weblink


UK hydrogen refuelling operator, Motive Fuels has today (July 29) announced a new partnership with the hydrogen and electric truck manufacturer, Tevva.


Under the partnership, Motive Fuels will offer green hydrogen fuel as package with Tevva’s hydrogen-powered trucks offering a zero-emission solution to UK truck operators in a push to decarbonise the heavy transport sector.


Hydrogen successfully powers HS2 construction site in UK - Weblink


A London, UK construction site for the HS2 (High Speed Two) project has today (July 21) reported successful trials of two zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell based generators.


HS2 has revealed that the two GeoPura 250kVa Hydrogen Power Units (HPUs) had been trialled over the last year at the Victoria Road Crossover Box in Ealing, London, acting as a replacement for diesel generators to power onsite machinery.


easyJet, Rolls-Royce form H2ZERO to develop hydrogen engine technology for aircraft - Weblink


easyJet and Rolls-Royce on Tuesday (July 19) announced the companies had formed the new partnership, H2ZERO, in a bid to develop hydrogen engine technology to power aircraft, including the narrow-body market.


The firms have committed to collaborating on a series of engine test on the ground in 2022 with ambitions of taking the technology to the air, in the hope of demonstrating that hydrogen has the potential to power future aircraft from the mid-2030s.


UK to gain two permanent hydrogen refuelling stations under new partnership - Weblink


Element 2 has announced today (July 21) a partnership with Exelby Services to establish the UK’s ‘first’ public hydrogen refuelling stations for heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleets.


Planned to be developed at Exelby Services’ Coneygarth and Golden Fleece service locations, along the A1(M) and M6 motorways respectively, it is hoped to offer a low-carbon fuelling option to serve the north of England.


The partners have said the Yorkshire and Cumbria sites will become the first public service stations in the UK to provide hydrogen refuelling services for hydrogen-powered HGVs.


Hydrologiq deploys Kier Highways’ first H2-powered generator - Weblink


Hydrologiq has deployed an innovative, H2-powered fuel cell in collaboration with Kier Highways at a National Highways site in Lancashire. The project is the first H2 110kVA generator deployment undertaken by Kier Highways.


Netflix tests H2 for zero emission filming - Weblink


For the first time in France, an EODev GEH2 electro-H2 generator, proposed by Eneria, accompanied the technical means provider TSF on the shooting of a Netflix series, replacing a thermal unit. One evening last May, the film crew used zero-emission electricity in the park of the Château de Courances to power a lighting system designed to reproduce the effects of a full moon night.