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Hydrogen research fuels drive to remove petrol cars

Hydrogen research will look at phasing out petrol and diesel fuels

Research into replacing petrol and diesel cars with hydrogen power is a focus of a new government-backed initiative.

It is investing £300,000 in a hydrogen accelerator to be located at St Andrews University.

The project directly supports the Scottish Government’s commitment to its net-zero target of 2045 and phasing out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.

It will draw on expertise at other Scottish universities, relevant centres and initiatives, including the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc and Power Networks Distribution Centre.

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Transport and Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We already boast several world-leading demonstrator projects. 

“These include Aberdeen’s Hydrogen Bus projects and the wide-ranging Orkney projects drawing on marine renewable energy to provide hydrogen for power generation, heating buildings and powering vehicles. 

“With abundant renewable energy resources and a strong engineering skills base, Scotland is in a strong position to develop a globally competitive hydrogen sector. 

“By establishing this hydrogen accelerator at the University of St Andrews, we’re ensuring that hydrogen technologies can be successfully implemented in an economically sustainable way to achieve Scotland’s decarbonisation and net-zero ambitions.”

Professor John Irvine from the University of St Andrews said: “Hydrogen will be very important in our low-carbon future, and we have considerable expertise at St Andrews in these kind of technologies.

“The accelerator will be located at our new Eden Campus development where we will be supporting the commercialisation of new technologies in energy conversion and storage, including hydrogen.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to engage with Scottish companies who are breaking into these new markets.”



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