Hydrogen fuel infrastructure gets a boost in LondonFebruary 8, 2013
Companies come together to support hydrogen fuel
A consortium of companies has emerged in the United Kingdom to support the ambitious London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project. The project is a government-backed, three-year initiative that aims to bolster the hydrogen fuel infrastructure and promote hydrogen transport throughout London. The project is partially funded by the Technology Strategy Board, an innovation agency that is part of the UK government. The consortium will be participating in the project, applying expertise that could make it a resounding success.
Air Products to lead LHNE initiative
Air Products, a leading industrial gas company, is leading the consortium for the LHNE project. Air Products has been a strong supporter of hydrogen fuel in the past and has played a major role in the development of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure throughout Europe. As part of the LHNE project, Air Products will participate in the establishment of a 700-bar hydrogen fuel station network that will provide service to hydrogen-powered vehicles throughout London.
LHNE project to upgrade and expand London’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure
The auto industry has confirmed that the vast majority of the hydrogen-powered vehicles that will be launched within the coming years will require 700-bar fueling systems. Backed by this knowledge, the LHNE project can focus its attentions on that goal, making it somewhat easier for the consortium to address the issue of hydrogen fuel infrastructure. In order to meet this standard, the LHNE project will also be making upgrades to the hydrogen fuel station that is located near the Heathrow Airport. It will also be increasing the accessibility of other hydrogen fuel stations in London.
A comprehensive infrastructure could mean success for hydrogen transportation
The auto industry has begun taking hydrogen fuel very seriously, which has also spurred several countries to do the same. The success of hydrogen-powered vehicles in a given market could have very profound economic implications. As such, several nations have shown their eagerness to improve their hydrogen fuel infrastructure. With an adequate infrastructure in place, hydrogen transportation is likely to move one step closer to success.