Through this, it is expected that the hydrogen highway could significantly support the integration of hydrogen technologies into a range of different sectors with six projects planned for the highway.

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The six projects cover energy diversity and trialling hydrogen power generation to be used in vessels at the PLA’s Denton Wharf.

This will help develop a business case for back hauling hydrogen into Central London, ship design, and health and safety requirements.

Funding has also been provided by the UK Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) with the two-year project set to benefit from the £1.3m (£1.78m) pledge.

Partners in the project include OS Energy, University of Strathclyde, University of Kent, the Health & Safety Executive, ORE Catapult, University of Birmingham and Newcastle Marine Services, supported by a number of other ports, operators and trade associations.

Robin Mortime, Chief Executive of Port of London Authority, said, “We are delighted to win Government backing for Hydrogen Highway from 19 bids submitted.

“The project underlines our collective commitment to creating a net zero future and using the Thames as a test bed for new technologies.

“The scheme’s strategic fit with the Government’s Maritime 2050 policy was recognised and we are looking forward to getting the work underway with our partners.”

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