The aim of this competition is to fund ambitious feasibility studies for a future zero emission road freight demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
Your study must determine and present the feasibility of a scaled demonstration.
You may wish to define and explore multiple scenarios, scales, and locations to suit different funding options. This could include a minimum viable product and an ideal demonstration scenario.
You must ensure that your project engages with stakeholders who are critical to any future deployments. These include Highways England and other relevant infrastructure and refuelling suppliers.
You must be available to attend three meetings over the course of your project. These meetings will be with at least: the DfT and Innovate UK, and possibly other stakeholders.
You may also be required to engage with contractors from Innovate UK and the Department for Transport who are exploring complementary factors associated with the future demonstration.
Your project must:
- Include planning, preliminary engineering designs and site (demonstration route and refuelling infrastructure) surveys
- Include full costing for the demonstration
- Factor in any contingency with links to projects risks identified
- Include steps to ensure the pre-authorisation or approvals have been considered in depth and progressed to a satisfactory (but non-committal) point
Your project must:
- Propose a fully zero tailpipe carbon emission demonstration
- Consider hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure
- Use ‘green’ hydrogen produced solely from renewable sources for the trucks
- Use a quantity of trucks which match the scale and ambition of each scenario whilst maximising learning and providing value
- Target a solution for 44-tonne trucks
- Include full costing for the demonstration factoring in any contingency with links to projects risks identified
Your approach to vehicles must be scalable. Scale can be achieved through:
- Supply by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
- The fit-out of a new ‘glider’ with a hydrogen fuel cell power train
This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Scenarios and scale
- Focus on demonstration of zero emission trucks in favour of production of hydrogen
- Ensure the demonstration you propose is supported by a strategic network of hydrogen refuelling stations
- Describe the planning and preliminary engineering stages for hydrogen refuelling stations including new facilities and those which complement existing infrastructure
- Describe the planning, preliminary engineering designs and site (demonstration route and refuelling infrastructure) surveys
- Consider real-world operation demonstration
- Conduct pre-deployment work for a demonstration which is expected to run for five years
- Describe the hydrogen distribution and refuelling infrastructure which is required to meet the proposed demonstration
- Consider demonstration locations, routes and the associated technical and operational factors
Location factors could include proximity to hydrogen production locations, compatibility with hydrogen distribution pathways, and relevant considerations around depot operation.
- Include use cases, such as regional or national distribution and including those who will use the demonstration once operational
- Consider the total cost of ownership for the hydrogen fuel cell trucks
- Explain the factors for international freight using hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, including interoperability and standards
- Consider the safety and regulatory framework for the use and refuelling of hydrogen trucks
- Provide a comprehensive risk analysis with considered and realistic mitigations
- Consider training and familiarisation with hydrogen fuel cell trucks and refuelling infrastructure, for example for operators, emergency services and highway authorities
- Describe any decommissioning that is required at the conclusion of the demonstration (infrastructure which can viably be repurposed does not require decommissioning)
- Maximise UK value in terms of supply chain and deployment
- Consider accessing existing or planned hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in addition to bespoke installations and mobile refuelling
- Identify the number of stations needed for your scenario and recommend an appropriate utilisation of each station
- Justify your approach and decisions and clearly communicate any assumptions you make
- Consider opportunities for collaboration with other hydrogen hubs or initiatives for example the Teeside Hydrogen Hub, Holyhead Hydrogen Hub and the Clean Maritime Demonstration competition applicants
During the feasibility study you must engage with interested operators that could use your proposed demonstration to deliver a real-world road freight requirement.
Innovations you plan as part of a future deployment must not increase risk of delay or obstruct the demonstration.
Innovate UK want to fund a portfolio of projects, across the three strands of this competition.
The programme reserves the right to adjust the distribution of funding across zero emission road freight competitions.
Demonstrations are not expected to be ready for immediate deployment at the conclusion of your feasibility study.