This competition aims to demonstrate the use of green hydrogen in transport to test business models and user operating needs to inform future large-scale hydrogen-based operational trials.
Innovate the UK are looking for projects that will increase the demand for green hydrogen transport and support laying the long-term groundwork for the hub.
Applicants in this competition must use a hydrogen vehicle or vessel in an operational setting to replace, complement or add to existing transport fleets or operations.
Your projects must:
Demonstrate a green zero-emission hydrogen transport solution by 31 March 2022 for three months
Operate the demonstration in an open public setting or controlled environments, such as warehouses and distribution centres
Offer a method to track their solution against performance indicators against a baseline comparator to understand benefits or challenges and then deploy this solution as part of the demonstration
Report on the benefits for passengers, customers and residents in the Tees Valley
Develop plans for long-term activities to create a demand for hydrogen in the Tees Valley from 2022
Projects can operate vehicles partly outside the Tees Valley but must maintain their main logistical connection with the area.
As part of your project, you must also:
Undertake desk-based research into future engagement with the hub after 31 March 2022
Show how the activity proposed for 2021 to 2022 will support the hub’s longer-term ambitions
Outline how post-2022 activity will transition into a commercially viable ongoing hydrogen-fuelled transport activity or a larger trial on the ground encompassing hydrogen production and its wider use beyond transport.
Explore the policy landscape associated with the deployment of a specific hydrogen vehicle or vessel to help inform wider policy discussions
The project can bring together opportunities in other programmes from 2021 to 2022, including the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.
You can use any number of vehicles in your project including:
Freight vehicles over 3.5 tonnes,
Light commercial vehicles under 3.5 tonnes
Mobile construction plant
Maritime or inland waterway vessels
Innovate the UK want to fund a portfolio of projects. Innovate the UK will provide your projects with a supply of green hydrogen from refuelling locations in the Tees Valley that meet volume, quality and pressure requirements.
While Innovate UK will make every effort to site the hydrogen supply in a convenient location, they cannot guarantee this.
Your project must focus on one or more of the following:
Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric or zero-emission combustion vehicles of any size
Maritime, rail, aviation transport
Non-road mobile machinery, such as forklift trucks
Infrastructure that uses hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and mobile machinery
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