Hydrogen Transport Hub: demonstration

Fund Name: Hydrogen Transport Hub Fund
Project Length: 3 months
Project Value: £200k - £1m
Deadline: 16/06/2021


This competition aims to support demonstrations of hydrogen-powered vehicles in real-world operational settings across Tees Valley. The Department for Transport are looking for projects that will increase the demand for green hydrogen transport and support laying the long-term groundwork for the hub. Applicants in this competition must use a hydrogen vehicle or vessel in an operational setting to replace, complement or add to existing transport fleets or operations.

Fund Details

This competition is looking to demonstrate the use of green hydrogen in transport to test business models and user operating needs to inform future large-scale hydrogen-based operational trials. Projects must:

  • Demonstrate a green zero-emission hydrogen transport solution
  • Operate the demonstration in an open public setting or controlled environments, such as warehouses and distribution centres
  • Offer a method to track their solution against performance indicators against a baseline comparator to understand benefits or challenges and then deploy this solution as part of the demonstration
  • Report on the benefits for passengers, customers and residents in the Tees Valley
  • Develop plans for long-term activities to create a demand for hydrogen in the Tees Valley from 2022

Projects can operate vehicles partly outside the Tees Valley but must maintain their main logistical connection with the area. Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric or zero-emission combustion vehicles of any size
  • Maritime, rail, aviation transport
  • Non-road mobile machinery, such as forklift trucks
  • Infrastructure that uses hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and mobile machinery

Any number of vehicles can be used in the project including freight vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, light commercial vehicles under 3.5 tonnes, mobile construction plant, maritime or inland waterway vessels, trains, buses, forklift trucks. The project can bring together opportunities in other programmes throughout 2021 to 2022 which includes the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.


Project will not be funded that are:

  • Exclusively outside of the Tees Valley
  • Dedicated technology development projects which do not have the required demonstration time built in
  • Not intended to lead to commercial activity or larger on-the-ground trials after the funding period
  • Infrastructure projects including hydrogen generation
  • Desk-based studies which do not include a demonstration of hydrogen-powered transport
  • Dependent on export performance
  • Dependent on domestic inputs usage
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