Inter-departmental Working Group on Using Hydrogen as Fuel, steered by the Environment and Ecology Bureau (EEB), has given initial approval to three more trial projects on hydrogen fuel technology in Hong Kong, revealed an EEB spokesperson.
The approved projects include Sinopec (Hong Kong) Limited’s plan to test a hydrogen refuelling station at Au Tau, Yuen Long, MTR Corporation Limited’s trial run with a hydrogen fuelled light rail vehicle (LRV) in Tuen Mun, and Linde HKO Limited’s experiment with a hydrogen tube trailer to deliver hydrogen to a hydrogen fuelled LRV.
Having received these project applications between September and November last year, the Working Group examined and advised on them. Subsequent improvements in design and technical details by the applicants have ensured smooth and safe implementation, leading to the Working Group’s approval on June 7 this year. However, for the hydrogen fuelling station at Au Tau, Yuen Long, planning permission from the Town Planning Board is still required.
Including the first batch of approved applications in March, the Working Group has given agreement-in-principle to a total of six trial projects. It will continue to scrutinise further applications and monitor progress, as well as guide applicants to enhance their projects. Through these pilot projects, the government aims to prepare for the local use and provision of hydrogen fuel technology.
The EEB spokesperson added that trials of hydrogen fuel cell heavy vehicles for street cleaning by government departments are expected to commence next year. The government also aims to complete ongoing consultancy studies on technical guidelines for hydrogen fuel systems and refuelling stations, as well as quantitative risk assessments, within this year.
Moreover, plans are underway to engage a consultant in Q3 2023 to study the details of amending the Gas Safety Ordinance to cover hydrogen fuel. The Hong Kong government’s objective is to map out a practical strategy for promoting green transport and achieving zero vehicular emissions by 2050.
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