Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
Business Minister, Mark Prisk recently launched a new programme, named UKH2Mobility, which aims to ensure that the UK benefits from the highly anticipated commercialisation of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in 2014-2015. The Government is planning on collaborating with companies which are developing hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure, and create a UK roadmap for deploying the technology.
Prisk said: “UKH2Mobility’s role will be to identify the key barriers and to help co-ordinate how they can then be surmounted. The Government is supporting this market by investing £400 million to support the development, demonstration and deployment of these vehicles.” He also explained that £7.5 million from the Technology Strategy Board’s £24 million low-carbon vehicle competition would be specifically aimed at the development and commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cells.
Industry partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they have agreed to share their knowledge and expertise. Participating companies are from the utility, gas, infrastructure and global manufacturing sectors.
The programme aims to encourage the manufacture and sale of technology in this country, and so an extensive evaluation of the potential of hydrogen as a transport fuel is due to be implemented before the end of 2012. Providing the results are positive, the necessary steps will be taken to get the UK ready to be one of the first markets for the global commercial distribution of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
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