Applications Are Open to UK Businesses to Demonstrate How Green Hydrogen Can Power Transport Solution

By May 16, 2021 3   min read  (541 words)

May 16, 2021 |

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UK-registered businesses can apply for a share of £2.5million to demonstrate how green hydrogen can be used to power transport solutions for end-users.

The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £2.5million in innovative projects.

This competition will help the UK understand how hydrogen can support the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub (HTH) and drive demand to decarbonise the transport system.

This investment will support demonstrations of hydrogen-powered vehicles in real-world operational settings across Tees Valley.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £200,000 and £1million.

Open Date:11/05/2021

Close Date:16/06/2021

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
  • Trains
  • Buses
  • Forklift trucks

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.

Specific themes

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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