100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

The Intelligent Energy/Lotus London hydrogen fuel cell black cabs are to be deployed under a new European consortium HyTEC – Hydrogen Transport for European Cities, which consists of sixteen companies from five European countries and is part-funded by the FCH JU. The deployment will consist of: one new Air Products refuelling station, fifteen black cabs and five Suzuki Bergmann scooters.

The new hydrogen station will be used in conjunction with the two existing stations used to service the fuel cell buses on the RV1 route, creating the foundation of a London hydrogen infrastructure. The fuel cell taxi, first announced in June 2010 has a top speed of over 80 mph and a range of more than 250 miles has received widespread press over the last year.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, comments ‘I want London to become a zero-emission city in order to deliver cleaner air and improve quality of life. It is important that London champions innovative new technologies to get us to this point, which is why I am delighted we are set to get even more hydrogen vehicles on our streets in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond. This supports my drive to promote the uptake of cleaner vehicles such as electric cars and the new fleet of hydrogen buses running in London, which is setting industry standards.’

The HyTEC consortium will also be installing a network of hydrogen stations in Copenhagen, Denmark. The sixteen companies the consortium holds are:

  • Air Products Plc, UK
  • Element Energy Ltd, UK
  • HyER, Belgium
  • LTI Vehicles, UK
  • Centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies (CENEX), UK
  • Greater London Authority, UK
  • hySOLUTIONS GmbH, Germany
  • MATGAS 2000 AIE,  Spain
  • LBST, Germany
  • Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, Denmark
  • City of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hydrogen Link, Denmark
  • Intelligent Energy Ltd, UK
  • BAA Ltd, UK
  • London Bus Services Ltd (TfL), UK
  • Fraunhofer, Germany