Zero emission road freight – strand 2: hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Fund Name: Zero emission road freight - strand 2: hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
Project Length: End by 31 March 2022
Project Value: £500k-£2m
Deadline: 05/05/2021


The aim of this competition is to fund ambitious feasibility studies for a future zero emission road freight demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

Your study must determine and present the feasibility of a scaled demonstration.

You may wish to define and explore multiple scenarios, scales, and locations to suit different funding options. This could include a minimum viable product and an ideal demonstration scenario.

You must ensure that your project engages with stakeholders who are critical to any future deployments. These include Highways England and other relevant infrastructure and refuelling suppliers.

Fund details

Your project must:

  • include planning, preliminary engineering designs and site (demonstration route and refuelling infrastructure) surveys
  • include full costing for the demonstration
  • factor in any contingency with links to projects risks identified
  • include steps to ensure the pre-authorisation or approvals have been considered in depth and progressed to a satisfactory (but non-committal) point

Vehicle-specific requirements

Your project must:

  • propose a fully zero tailpipe carbon emission demonstration
  • consider hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure
  • use ‘green’ hydrogen produced solely from renewable sources for the trucks
  • use a quantity of trucks which match the scale and ambition of each scenario whilst maximising learning and providing value
  • target a solution for 44-tonne trucks
  • include full costing for the demonstration factoring in any contingency with links to projects risks identified

Scenarios and scale

You must:

  • focus on demonstration of zero emission trucks in favour of production of hydrogen
  • ensure the demonstration you propose is supported by a strategic network of hydrogen refuelling stations
  • describe the planning and preliminary engineering stages for hydrogen refuelling stations including new facilities and those which
  • complement existing infrastructure
  • describe the planning, preliminary engineering designs and site (demonstration route and refuelling infrastructure) surveys
  • consider real-world operation demonstration
  • conduct pre-deployment work for a demonstration which is expected to run for 5 years
  • describe the hydrogen distribution and refuelling infrastructure which is required to meet the proposed demonstration
  • consider demonstration locations, routes and the associated technical and operational factors

Location factors could include proximity to hydrogen production locations, compatibility with hydrogen distribution pathways, and relevant considerations around depot operation.

Broader context

You must:

  • include use cases, such as regional or national distribution and including those who will use the demonstration once operational
  • consider the total cost of ownership for the hydrogen fuel cell trucks
  • explain the factors for international freight using hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, including interoperability and standards
  • consider the safety and regulatory framework for the use and refuelling of hydrogen trucks
  • provide a comprehensive risk analysis with considered and realistic mitigations
  • consider training and familiarisation with hydrogen fuel cell trucks and refuelling infrastructure, for example for operators, emergency services and highway authorities
  • describe any decommissioning that is required at the conclusion of the demonstration (infrastructure which can viably be repurposed does not require decommissioning)
  • maximise UK value in terms of supply chain and deployment
  • consider accessing existing or planned hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in addition to bespoke installations and mobile refuelling
  • identify the number of stations needed for your scenario and recommend an appropriate utilisation of each station
  • justify your approach and decisions and clearly communicate any assumptions you make
  • consider opportunities for collaboration with other hydrogen hubs or initiatives for example the Teeside Hydrogen Hub, Holyhead Hydrogen Hub and the Clean Maritime Demonstration competition applicants

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £2 million
  • start by 01 July 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, not-for-profit, public
  • sector organisations, research organisations or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
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