New hydrogen transport project launchedNovember 9, 2011
October 2011 saw the launch of the Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) project, which will deliver city wide hydrogen networks in London and Copenhagen. Element Energy played a major role in initiating the project, including:
- Bringing all partners together and defining the project scope and budget.
- Preparing the funding application.
- Supporting negotiations between the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (which is part funding the project) and the project partners.
Element Energy continues to support this multi-partner initiative, with responsibility for:
- Project managing the UK side of the project, with hands-on day-to-day involvement in every aspect of producing the UK deliverables on time and to specification.
- Supporting Air Products in the identification of a technically suitable, high-profile site for the new refuelling station in central London, as well as supporting the planning application.
- Undertaking detailed life cycle cost analyses to compare the current and future costs of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with incumbent technologies and determining break-even points for future commercialisation of the technology.
- Producing a report into the attitudes of the general public, vehicle drivers and fleet managers before and after the project, to identify the key non-cost barriers to deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
- Bringing together expertise from across Europe to share lessons learned in producing a plan for commercialising hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the UK.
- Producing an infrastructure expansion study for London, and recommending next steps in building on the existing hydrogen infrastructure in London.