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BP and H2Accelerate to create hydrogen infrastructure

BP and H2Accelerate collaborate to build a hydrogen refuelling network in Europe, aiming for zero emissions in trucking by 2030.

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As the pendulum slowly swings away from pure electric power towards hydrogen as a means of propulsion for the biggest long distance emission-free trucks in the future, BP and H2Accelerate have joined forces to create a hydrogen refuelling network to support a pan-European hydrogen trucking system.

With an ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, BP aims to invest in building the infrastructure to support freight transport across major road networks in mainland Europe and the UK by 2030.

It has been welcomed to the collaboration as a key future infrastructure provider for heavy-duty hydrogen vehicles. Hannah Bryson-Jones, spokeswoman for H2Accelerate, said:

BP has extensive expertise across the deployment of hydrogen production and refuelling technologies. Combining that expertise with other hydrogen refuelling players and truck manufacturers through the H2Accelerate collaboration, we can work together to accelerate the dawn of hydrogen trucking. We are excited for BP to be joining the collaboration as we shape the transformation towards sustainable transportation.

Hydrogen is seen as a potential low carbon energy source for transport that is difficult to electrify. By working across a number of its businesses, BP says it intends to provide customers the use of – and access to – hydrogen along main road networks.

Emma Delaney, executive vice-president, customers and product at BP, said:

BP is transitioning from an international oil company to an integrated energy company and having a key role in mobility. Hydrogen will be a key energy for heavy duty transport supporting carbon emissions reduction. To deliver this at both scale and pace will need companies across industries to work together, and this is exactly why we see collaborations like H2Accelerate as so valuable.

The UK Government announced funding for a hydrogen refuelling network to fuel supermarket deliveries last August. Two projects received a share of £8 million in Government funding to support and develop hydrogen-powered transport in the north-east of England.

Element 2 will create four new publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations, which will be used to fuel a range of vehicles, from airside vehicles to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), including supermarket delivery trucks.

The second project, led by ULEMCo, will develop hydrogen-powered airport ground-based support vehicles, such as tow trucks for planes and sweepers to clean runways.

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