UK to expand its hydrogen fuel network ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games
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A new hydrogen fuel network will be opening in London in the coming weeks as part of the UK government’s continued efforts to adopt alternative energy.
The network will be part of the Hydrogen Transport for European Cities initiative, which seeks to bring more hydrogen-powered vehicles to the UK and other nations. London is already home to a growing hydrogen infrastructure and much of the technologies currently used in the country will be used to build the new network. The project is funded by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
London currently boasts of two hydrogen fuel stations, one of which is open to the public. The first step of the project is to link the two stations together, allowing hydrogen to be easily transported between the two locations. Public transit vehicles, such as buses and London’s famous black cabs will be able to use the fuel at both locations.
After the stations are connected, additional stations will be built in and around London.
UK officials hope to have the network well underway in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. Foreign officials will be flocking to the UK for the Olympics and the government wants to show how hydrogen is viable as a transportation fuel.
The government has targeted hydrogen as the alternative fuel of choice and is working to incorporate the fuel into the country’s energy infrastructure.