Hydrogen: Future Fuels

Hydrogen is widely recognised as a critical low carbon fuel to meet global net zero ambitions. The UK has key natural advantages that must be leveraged in order to develop a thriving and world leading Hydrogen Economy: abundant access to wind energy, geological storage locations for CO2, world leading centres of excellence for R&D working in partnership with Industry and Academia, like the OGTC, APC, ATI, TWI, NPL and the Catapult Network..

Hydrogen “could be the solution to many of the hardest parts of the transition to net-zero”, National Grid says, particularly in long-distance freight, shipping and heavy industry. Here we explore the innovations that are needed to meet the net zero targets and working on the challenges that exist within the future Hydrogen Value Chain that require co-ordinated intervention against both technical and non-technical issues. This cannot be addressed efficiently in sector driven silo’s if we are to position the UK at the forefront of the global race to a low carbon Hydrogen economy.

Hydrogen: Future Fuels Projects

Through our projects we are bringing together government, industry, and academia to better understand the infrastructure changes required to meet global net zero targets.

Transition to Zero-Emission Transport
Transition to Zero-Emission Transport

Working alongside the Department for Transport we investigate the options for decarbonising transport and in particular long-haul HGVs. We explore the pathway for long-haul heavy goods vehicles and the promising options that are being developed for hydrogen fuel cell HGVs

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Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure
Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure

Preparing UK airports for zero emission aircraft – We are bringing together government, industry, and academia to better understand the infrastructure changes required at airports and airfields to prepare for hydrogen-powered and battery electric aircraft.

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Transport Research and Innovation Grants
Transport Research and Innovation Grants

Funding was committed in the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution  to invest in cutting edge R&D research into infrastructure upgrades required at UK airports to incorporate battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft into day-to-day operations.

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Latin America Net Zero Challenges
Latin America Net Zero Challenges

This project seeks to promote business-led research & innovation partnerships between the UK and Latin American countries to create joint solutions to stimulate the supply chain of advanced green hydrogen-based vehicles and accelerate the transition to sustainable fuels and means of transport for passengers and logistics.

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Innovate UK Driving the change towards Net Zero
Innovate UK Driving the change towards Net Zero

Connected Places Catapult in partnership with Innovate UK sort SMEs working with hydrogen technologies who would be interested to partner with us to participate in a net zero opportunity for an Innovate UK funding competition: Driving the change towards Net Zero.  Learn more about the work we did to deliver next generation of green vehicles.

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Hydrogen: Future Fuels Events

Join us as we host a range of events that showcase the impact collaboration has on accelerating research and innovation needed to fully utilise hydrogen as a future fuel.

Transport Innovation Expo in collaboration with DfT
Transport Innovation Expo in collaboration with DfT

From de-carbonisation to drone technology, innovation across the UK is seeing unprecedented advancements across the transport sector. The Expo brought together transport leaders, innovators and SMEs to solve current sector challenges and new strategies for growth.

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DfT Energy Systems Map of Transport Workshop
DfT Energy Systems Map of Transport Workshop

Connected Places Catapult is working alongside Energy Systems Catapult for the Department for Transport to map energy usage and demand by all modes of transport with a view to informing decisions on future net zero refuelling infrastructure requirements.

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Hydrogen: Future Fuels News & Analysis

Catch up on all the latest Connected Places Catapult news

Widening the Net Zero Agenda
Widening the Net Zero Agenda

Reducing the environmental impact of moving goods stretches the limits of current zero emission technology presenting an opportunity for the UK to lead the innovations needed. We explore producing hydrogen using electricity from renewable sources (green hydrogen) and infrastructure deployments for the refuelling of vehicles.

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Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure: (ZEFI) programme White Paper
Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure: (ZEFI) programme White Paper

In this new White Paper, Connected Places Catapult provides an overview of the technology options available, and highlights the key challenges to be solved, to support the aviation industry to prepare airports and airfields for hydrogen-powered and battery electric aircraft.

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Winners of Transport Research and Innovation Grant: ZEF Programme
Winners of Transport Research and Innovation Grant: ZEF Programme

We are proud to announce the 15 winning projects that will be recipients of the Department for Transport’s latest Transport Research and Innovation Grant programme – TRIG: Zero Emission Flight. Delivered by Connected Places Catapult, this programme is part of the wider Zero Emissions Flight Infrastructure project.

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Decarbonisation of Transport Myth Busting
Decarbonisation of Transport Myth Busting

Hydrogen is often discussed as fundamental in helping to decarbonise the transport sector, especially where energy density requirements, duty cycles or refuelling times are important, such as maritime, aviation, rail, and long-distance road freight particularly in response to the Government’s net zero targets.

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Decarbonising the Rail Freight Estate
Decarbonising the Rail Freight Estate

We are all increasingly aware of the realities of global warming and climate change, and are looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions. Transitioning the movement of goods from road haulage to rail freight can contribute to lowering overall transport emissions, but is there more that can be done?

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Zero Emission Flight Competition Launched
Zero Emission Flight Competition Launched

Funding was committed in the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution  to invest in cutting edge R&D research into infrastructure upgrades required at UK airports to incorporate battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft into day-to-day operations. This work will help build the UK airports and airfields of the future.

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Decarbonising the Rail Freight Estate
Decarbonising the Rail Freight Estate

Building on the success of projects to address the decarbonisation agenda, like the Zero Carbon Humber initiative. This project looks to the creation of a carbon capture cluster and offshore wind power to provide green hydrogen power.

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Innovation Brief: Post-Pandemic Critical Infrastructure
Innovation Brief: Post-Pandemic Critical Infrastructure

Significant change is required across multiple domains for the UK to dramatically reduce its emissions. We are here to support the transition to other cleaner technologies such as hydrogen fuelled vehicles.

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Winners of the Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants
Winners of the Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants

T-TRIG is an enabling fund and represents the start of a journey that will culminate in the successful launch of new products and services that will make the UK’s transport systems more sustainable, efficient, safe and accessible. In part through using hydrogen for de-carbonisation.

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