Ricardo has received government funding to create a retrofit hydrogen fuel cell bus demonstrator for the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub in the north-east of England. The environmental, engineering and strategic consulting company, said in a Press Release that it will develop a scalable, modular solution, enabling it to be installed, with minimal adaption, to multiple single and double decker platforms.
UK to establish its first Hydrogen Transport Hub
The UK is working on a hydrogen transport hub. The project kick-started with £3 million government investment. Tees Valley, a combined authority area established in 2016 in the north of England around the River Tees, is to become home to the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub.
The hub will bring together leading figures from government, industry and academia to focus research, testing and trials across all transport modes as we build back greener from the pandemic. The facilities within the hub also include an R&D campus for the creation and sharing of knowledge.
UK’s 2050 net-zero ambitions
The hydrogen transport hub that is expected to be fully operational by 2025 will act as a living lab to understand the role of hydrogen as part of the energy transition in the transport sector and in meeting UK’s 2050 net-zero ambitions. The Climate Change Act, as amended in 2019, commits the UK to ‘net zero’ by 2050.