Exolum is going to construct a green hydrogen production plant and refuelling station at its Riverside terminal in Stockton-on-Tees, UK as part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem project.
Exolum has been awarded £2 million as part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub, which is funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership by Innovate UK, to construct the hydrogen refuelling station.
Exolum’s consortium partners have been awarded a further £5 million under the same scheme to deploy at least 20 hydrogen fuel cell trucks in the region.
The project will lead to a first-of-a-kind coordinated deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and fleets of fuel cell trucks in the Tees Valley and is a vital step towards the development of a nationwide network of hydrogen refuelling stations.
The planned project will feature the construction of a water electrolyser and a hydrogen refuelling station. The electrolyser will produce green hydrogen using renewable electricity and will supply both the refuelling station, with a capacity of 1.5 tonnes per day.
The project also includes UK fuel cell electric vehicle manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles and German manufacturer Quantron AG, in partnership with Novuna Vehicle Solutions, who together will deploy at least 20 fuel cell electric trucks, ranging from 4.2 to 27 tonnes.
Data monitoring and performance evaluation of the hydrogen trucks will be carried out by Teesside University’s School of Engineering Computing and Digital Technologies and Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre, which has extensive experience in the field of hydrogen fuel cells, to inform further development of the hydrogen transport sector.
The Tees Valley Hydrogen Vehicle Ecosystem is a vital first step towards the development of a nationwide network of hydrogen refuelling stations, serving as a model for other regions to deploy similar hydrogen mobility ecosystems. This project will help accelerate the UK’s transition to zero- emission fuel cell vehicles and reduce carbon emissions in line with the UK’s net zero ambition.
Andrés Suarez, clean energies lead at Exolum says: ‘This project in the UK comes in addition to others we have under development and others already fully implemented, such as the first hydrogen plant for mobility in Madrid, Spain.’