Project: Removing the economic and institutional barriers to a hydrogen future

Reference: SRT 7/2/8

Last update: 10/04/2013 15:19:29

Objectives

The aim of the project is to investigate whether current planning, safety and other legislation in the UK is unduly restricting the possibilities for constructing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Specific objectives are:

to review current planning and safety legislation;

to identify how institutional barriers in other countries (including the USA and other European countries) have been overcome;

to examine the economic barriers to the wider development of hydrogen infrastructure; and,

to provide guidance and recommendations on the most appropriate support mechanisms for the UK context, including the costs associated with these mechanisms.

Description

The move to a hydrogen economy will be a long-term process, and it is likely to be many years before hydrogen vehicles are in mainstream use in the UK. However, in order to move towards the widespread use of such vehicles, DfT, other Government Departments, and industry will need to start carrying out the groundwork in the next few years to support the development and construction of hydrogen storage, production, and refuelling infrastructure that will be required if hydrogen vehicles are to be widely used in the future by businesses and the public. The project will examine the fiscal and legislative measures that could be used to enable, encourage, and if necessary accelerate the development of hydrogen infrastructure.

Contractor(s)

AEA Technology Environment
Harwell Business Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QJ
+44 (0)1235 432201

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £73,731.00

Actual start date: 25 September 2006

Actual completion date: 31 August 2007

Publication(s)

Removing the economic and institutional barriers to a hydrogen future
Author: AEA Energy & Environment in partnership with Air Products
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Source: AEA Energy & Environment in partnership with Air Products
More information: http://www.hydrogen-infrastructures.co.uk/projectdocuments.php

Summary of results

  1. Final Report on website - See publication details