The Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure Working Group is set to provide recommendations for future provision based on existing arrangements and international developments.

Additionally, the group is expected to develop a position on supply chain gaps and opportunities across hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, building on the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) published Sector Development Plan.

Group Chairman, Jake Martin, Hydrogen Business Development Manager at Haskel, explained,  “Our work here will include recommendations on how specific gaps can be filled to ensure timely development of infrastructure. Skills and training needs will form part of this.

“In addition, group members will share knowledge and experience of the practical implementation of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for mutual benefit. If particular sets of common challenges are identified, proposals on how these can be overcome will be included in the group’s output.”

Martin recently told a H2 View mobility webinar that the biggest challenge in hydrogen refuelling is standardisation, saying there are currently 1019 different configurations of refuelling stations across the world.

He said, “Anybody who’s involved in hydrogen at the moment will be experiencing the pain around making sure we’re selling standard products.”

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The working group is set to examine all areas of refuelling from emergency-fill mini-dispensers to fully connected static stations, as well as other options available for an array of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

“Aside from the actual vehicle technology, the creation of a fuelling station network is essential to the market development of these new vehicles,” said Celia Greaves, CEO of the UK HFCA. “At the moment there is a limited number of hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK.”

It has been reported in the wider media that Shell has closed down three of its UK hydrogen refuelling stations for cars and vans, saying it is now focusing on fuelling large vehicles.

Greaves added, “The UK is lagging behind other nations in its roll-out of hydrogen for transport and we need to accelerate.”

Road, rivers, and skies – H2 View Mobility Snap Summit preview

H2 View’s Mobility Snap Summit is set to go live on November 29, 2022, delving into arguably one of the most anticipated and relatable applications for hydrogen.

Despite coming as a constant hot topic for hydrogen markets, and considerable progress having been made in 2022, with bright spots ahead in 2023 and beyond, clear speed bumps lie along the road. Many wonder which strand of the transport sector will blaze the trail first, and likewise which region.

Questions linger over policy and the implementation of hydrogen-powered transport, with the age-old infrastructure challenges remaining well established. Against this backdrop, the Snap Summit hopes to unearth the progress made, dissecting challenges to be met, and establishing the state-of-play across mobility as 2023 approaches. Kicking off at 10am GMT (11am CET, 6am ET), three immersive panel sessions, held via the interactive gasworld TV platform, will host leading figures across the hydrogen mobility sector…

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