LHNE aims to deliver a publicly-accessible network of 700 bar hydrogen fuelling stations London and the South East. It is one of five research and development projects selected and co-funded by Innovate UK (previously the Technology Strategy Board) to help accelerate the adoption of energy systems using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, bringing them into everyday use.
The first station to be delivered through this project opened within an existing Sainsbury’s forecourt in Hendon, north west London in March 2015. The chain is the first to install the UK’s first supermarket hydrogen refuelling station.
The LHNE project also upgraded the refuelling station at Heathrow airport to 700 bar in December 2014.
LHNE has also deployed new hydrogen vehicles in London; including a number of Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and Revolve hydrogen powered vans.
This project represents an essential next step for the UK to make the transition from limited scope individual demonstration projects to genuine commercial rollout of H2 vehicles and infrastructure. London is the natural region to lead this transition, with its position as a global city with a large urban population and its existing H2 vehicle deployments.
The timing of LHNE is an ideal fit with the early results from the UKH2Mobility study, which suggested London as an early deployment region for attracting OEM vehicles for their next stage of pre- and commercial rollout in the 2014-2020 timeframe.
Led by Air Products, the LHNE consortium comprises Anglo American, Cenex, Commercial Group, Element Energy, Heathrow Airport Ltd, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd, Revolve Technologies Ltd and Shell. The project is co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK and supported by the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority (GLA).
Tour de M25
In order to raise awareness about FCEVs, the technology behind them and accelerate the public’s adoption of hydrogen car technology as a viable alternative to petrol or diesel cars, the partners of the LHNE project came up with an idea that would put hydrogen vehicles firmly in the forefront of people’s minds.
The plan – dubbed the Tour de M25 in deference to the legendary endurance test that is the Tour de France – is to set two new records for hydrogen cars that demonstrate the vehicles’ long range, durability and viability as a genuine straight swap for conventionally-fuelled cars.