H2GVMids – a feasibility study for hydrogen freight

Hydrogen fuel station

Feasibility study for the transition to hydrogen powered HGVs

Clean, hydrogen powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) could become a reality on UK roads in the future.

Hydrogen fuel cell trucks have the advantage of being quicker to re-fuel than electric vehicles, have a longer range and can carry more than electric powered trucks.

ERA developed a feasibility study for the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Road Freight programme. The bid, known as ‘H2GVMids’, was developed by the Energy Research Accelerator, with support from EDF, the Midlands Engine, and Cenex.

Working alongside industry partners such as Arcola Energy, Toyota, Intelligent Energy and ITM Motive, the partnership undertook a feasibility study for a demonstration programme for a green-hydrogen fuelled 44-tonne truck demonstration programme in the Midlands.

Other private sector partners involved in the project include Adelan, Horiba Mira, MDS Transmodal and the Tyseley Energy Park in Birmingham. From the public sector, partners include Midlands Connect, Midlands Energy Hub, Nottingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, and academic support will be provided by the universities of Birmingham and Nottingham.

ERA is now seeking funding to undertake a full stage demonstration which will see a number of hydrogen powered HGVs operating in the Midlands.

The partnership

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The feasibility study examined:

  • A design for a 44t HGV including a detailed analysis of the fuel requirements and fuel efficiency

  • Modelling of logistics routes across the Midlands in collaboration with logistics organisations

  • A plan for the optimal distribution of hydrogen refuelling stations, capacity requirements and a plan for the generation of hydrogen with both on- and off-site options

  • An evaluation of the skills required to underpin a hydrogen freight programme

  • A map of Midlands-based supply/value chains to identify gaps and opportunities

  • A trial leasing system for truck operators


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