Hydrogen transport

Hydrogen is becoming more common as a low carbon fuel for transport. This is because hydrogen as a low carbon transport fuel has zero tail-pipe emissions, helping towards cleaner air, particularly in urban areas.

Hydrogen buses are already on the road in London and Aberdeen. Hydrogen fuel cell cars are becoming ever more popular, and hydrogen fuel cell trains are under development for trials around the world and in particular in the North West of England.

In 2017, the Government announced additional funding to support the development of hydrogen for transport until 2020. More substantial sources of hydrogen, along with a pipe network could see substantial growth in the use of hydrogen for transport.

Low carbon transport for the North West

Improving air quality is a priority issue in the North West. Both Liverpool and Manchester have action plans in place for cleaner air and initiatives are already underway. HyNet can play an important role in helping to achieve the region’s clean air targets by providing a low carbon bulk source of hydrogen for transport.

HyNet would put in place the first dedicated hydrogen pipeline which could be used to enable refuelling hubs to be installed at existing filling stations sites. The majority of existing UK hydrogen fuelling stations are separate to standard petrol/diesel filling stations. Connecting to existing filling station sites is likely to be much lower cost.

A bulk source of hydrogen could also provide fuel for trains. This fits with the Department for Transport’s vision for hydrogen to become a key fuel to replace diesel on the rail network. Separate projects in the North West are also exploring the possibility of running hydrogen trains in the future.