What are the aims of UK H2Mobility?
How is UK H2Mobility funded?
The UK H2Mobility consortium is a private-public partnership, funded by an annual subscription fee from private sector members. Public sector members are not required to pay membership fees. For details of members please see Members.
How expensive are fuel cell cars?
What range do fuel cell vehicles have?
How ‘green’ is hydrogen as a fuel?
Does it take more energy to generate hydrogen than it produces as a fuel?
Is hydrogen a safe fuel?
The UK H2Mobility members recognise that the introduction of a new fuel will require rigorous safety standards to be drawn up and applied, commensurate with those already in place for petrol, diesel and LPG refuelling.
Are hydrogen refuelling stations easy to use?
Yes. Refuelling an FCEV is a very similar process to filling up a conventional car with petrol or diesel, via a nozzle and fuel pipe.
Refuelling is quick and takes anywhere between three to five minutes.
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Can hydrogen transport ever become mainstream?
For hydrogen transport to become mainstream, both Government and industry must work in partnership to provide not only the financial resources but also the policy framework to achieve 'critical mass' and encourage adoption of this new and sustainable technology.
As the network expands, economies of scale will drive costs down across the technology. As more refuelling facilities are installed, consumers will have the confidence that they will be able to refill their vehicles and so will start to purchase them.
Several major vehicle manufacturers are developing vehicles for market introduction as early as 2015, but both equipment and infrastructure need to be in place for the market to flourish.
Does hydrogen make economic sense as a fuel?
Developing and bringing any major new technology to the commercial market costs money, and hydrogen is no different. However, hydrogen has a key role to play in the future decarbonisation of the transport sector because it offers three significant benefits to the UK and to the wider, global economy:
- Energy security. As hydrogen is widely available and can be produced from a wide variety of renewable processes, it offers independence from the over-reliance on energy imports from unstable economies.
- Environment improvement. Decarbonising the transport sector will reduce emissions, limit the impact of potentially damaging climate change and improve human health well into the future. Hydrogen has a critical role to play in contributing to this.
- Economic development. The UK has developed extensive expertise in the area of hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles technology. The development of a new hydrogen-based transport sector provides the opportunity to create new businesses, new jobs and wider economic growth for the UK.
Taking all these three factors into consideration, hydrogen transportation makes economic sense, and the involvement of key partners in the UK H2Mobility programme is a clear indication of this.