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£23m competition for UK hydrogen charging stations opens

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By Nick Flaherty

The Hydrogen for Transport Programme (HTP) was first announced in March by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to support the development of hydrogen for transport until 2020.

“The Hydrogen for Transport Programme is a further demonstration of the UK Government’s commitment to developing a hydrogen infrastructure in the UK as part of its target to eliminate diesel and petrol from UK roads by 2040,” said Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power. The company currently has over £42m of projects under contract or in the final stages of negotiation.

The first stage will provide up to £9m to 50:50 match fund around seven recharging stations to be completed in 2018/19 for captive fleets.

The second stage will provide up to £14m to fund up to ten stations with captive fleets, starting in December 2018, depending on how stage one goes. 

The funding will allow additional larger capacity stations to be built while boosting the existing stations in the UK.

“We welcome this initiative but note the huge disparity between the funding for hydrogen infrastructure and the charging infrastructure for battery electric vehicles,” said Cooley.
 

The scheme also aims to enable additional applications that require hydrogen, such as stationary applications or non-fuel cell vehicles, as well as developing the case for expansion of the sector, for example through future links to trains or ferries, or to renewable hydrogen.

The application deadline of 9am on Monday 16 October at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-low-emission-vehicles

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