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H2GVMids: Preparing for a green hydrogen truck demonstrator in the Midlands

By EDF | Posted November 17, 2021

Heavy-goods vehicles (HGV) accounts for about 17% of domestic transport emissions in the UK. Given its relatively high energy density compared to other low carbon alternatives, and the continuous reduction in production prices, low carbon hydrogen is considered the most viable option to decarbonise the heavy transportation sector. EDF is keen to develop expertise in hydrogen mobility and contribute to its growth in the UK.

About the project

H2GVMids is a 9 months feasibility study project funded by Innovate UK through the Zero Emissions Road Freight Competition. The project aims to carry out pre-deployment work on a hydrogen fuel cell truck demonstration in the Midlands, involving the full value chain for hydrogen HGV operation, development and refuelling for a hydrogen truck trial with a lease-based delivery model.

The project, which aims to be an exemplar of decarbonising road freight in the UK, is led by EDF R&D UK with support from the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA). Since the project’s start in July 2021, EDF R&D UK has been working alongside the consortium which includes other partners such as Cenex, Arcola Energy, Toyota, Intelligent Energy and ITM Motive, to prepare the ground for a green hydrogen fuelled 44-tonne fuel cell truck demonstration programme in the Midlands.

R&D UK Centre's role in the project

The main deliverables of the H2GVMids project are the trial use cases, demonstration routes, plans for a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure network and a Green Book ready business case which include preliminary engineering designs, site surveys, full costing, identification of project risks and pre-authorisations.

Our role in the project is to lead on the optimal distribution of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure network and leverage the Hy4Fleets tool to assess and showcase the various demonstration scenarios (hydrogen fuel cell trucks specifications, trial routes and refuelling infrastructure).

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