A coalition of trade bodies, including Renewable UK, the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, and the British Hydropower Association have called on the Chancellor to emulate Germany and Canada and “lay the foundations” for a nationwide hydrogen strategy. The groups announced yesterday that they had formed a cross-industry group dedicated to developing a “clear, strategic plan” that could unlock significant private funding in hydrogen technologies and manufacturing across the country, generating “hundreds of thousands” of green jobs in the process.
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Despite Musk’s contention that hydrogen fuel cells are “fool cells” and “staggeringly dumb” due to the inefficiency of turning electricity into a gas then back into electricity again, hydrogen fuel cells are widely acknowledged as one of the best decarbonisation solutions for heavy-duty vehicles, such as aviation, shipping, and freight, that have proven resistant to electrification. Hydrogen fuel cells also have the major benefit of being relatively light and, unlike battery-powered vehicles, able to refuel within minutes – a familiarity Bamford believes will be a hit with customers accustomed to rapid refuelling. “Hydrogen is a wonderful zero emission energy fuel that most mimics how we make fuel today and how we operate with fuel today,” Bamford argues. There is already a steady appetite for hydrogen buses, he adds, regardless of whether the government agrees to his mooted stimulus plans. Wrightbus is waiting for Covid-19 disruptions to ease to allow it to deliver 100 hydrogen buses that are currently on order from different parts of the UK, he says, including 20 double deckers destined for London. Over recent months, hydrogen has risen up the political agenda and reports have suggested the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will publish a hydrogen strategy before the Summer Recess, following calls from gas network operators and energy suppliers – including Ryse – for support for hydrogen to feature in Covid-19 rescue pacakages. The sector is heavily tipped to be a beneficiary of the first phase of the government’s recovery package, set to be revealed this week. Last week the Prime Minister said the government intended to “invest massively in hydrogen”, admitting that he was “a big fan of buses made in Ballymena” – a direct reference to Wrightbus’ factory.
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