Plans for "hydrogen network" in London unveiled
Under the plans, the London Hydrogen Partnership (LHP) is working with London boroughs and private landowners to deliver at least six refuelling sites to run hydrogen-powered vehicles in the capital over the next two years. One is already being built in east London for the refuelling of hydrogen-fuelled buses that will begin running on the RV1 route later this year.
The action plan also aims to encourage a minimum of 150 hydrogen-powered vehicles on the road in London by 2012. These could include cars, vans, taxis, motorbikes, and lorries. Fifty of the vehicles are expected to be operated by the Greater London Authority’s functional bodies – Transport for London (TfL); the London Development Agency (LDA); the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA); and the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA).
The London Hydrogen Partnership and the Greater London Authority are already working with BAA on a hydrogen feasibility study to explore ways to use hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at Heathrow airport. This study could then act as a model that BAA can use in its other airports.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'Harnessing low-carbon technology is key to solving the pressing issues of energy security, cutting climate change emissions and improving air quality. We are ploughing millions into plans to encourage the widespread uptake of electric vehicles, to boost cycling, to expand the use of hybrid bus technology to make London a more pleasant, less polluted city. The use of hydrogen technology, which emits only water vapour, is an exciting part of our vision for the future.'
The initiatives outlined in the London Hydrogen Action Plan will aim to access funding support from the European Union, UK government and the private sector.