H2 pumps planned

Element 2 steps up search for city hydrogen hubs

The company wants a network or retail sites

Clean fuel specialist Element 2 is holding talks with local authorities and other key parties as it steps up its search for suitable sites to build a network of ‘city hydrogen hubs’.

Over the next decade the North Yorkshire-based company wants to install 2,000 H2 pumps across the UK, including 300 in Scotland.

Earlier this month it was announced that it had formed a strategic partnership with H2 Green, a subsidiary of Getech Group. 

Last week it signed a memorandum of understanding with energy solutions company BayoTech which will invest significant capital to develop plants and create jobs.

Due to its volume, hydrogen fuel is not well-suited to short-distance passenger vehicles but the renewable energy source is ideal for vehicles above 3.5 tons, such as lorries, buses and coaches, and vehicles requiring high availability such as gritters and emergency vehicles.

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Sir Vince Cable: director (pic: Terry Murden)

Element 2, backed by venture capital, is led by serial entrepreneur and former European Space Agency engineer Tim Harper, and fuel cells and hydrogen technology expert Brendan Bilton.

Mr Harper said: “Working with technology developers, suppliers, consultants and vehicle manufacturers, and by forging close ties to councils, transport operators and fleet owners, we will identify and develop refuelling sites, and support vehicle conversions to accelerate net zero strategies.

“Scotland has been an early adopter of hydrogen in transport, with more than £40 million invested or earmarked in the last five years for ground-breaking hydrogen transport projects.

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