There’s a classic “chicken and egg” situation going on the UK at the moment related to hydrogen stations and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). To get more FCEVs on UK roads, there needs to be more hydrogen stations. But with so few stations currently deployed across the UK – 12 in total – uptake of FCEVs has been slow.
Whilst the UK Government has put money towards the existing hydrogen station network, it’s only a fraction of the amount it has spent on battery electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
“The capital cost of hydrogen equipment is currently very high and the lack of demand at present makes a standard business case very hard to put together. Once more cars are on the road, this will change,” Tom Chicken, Chief Technology Officer of Fuel Cell Systems Limited (FCSL), told H2 View.
“Further investment by UK Government is needed. They’ve already acknowledged that hydrogen has to play a part in achieving net zero targets, but no significant funding has come out to back this up.”
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