bp and BOC provide hydrogen insights

By Categories: NewsPublished On: Tuesday 5 July 2022

Fuel giant bp and gas supplier BOC have completed a feasibility study exploring designs for a potential hydrogen distribution and supply network for the UK’s heavy-duty transport sector.

The nine-month study is said to have provided important technical insights into requirements and options for the distribution of hydrogen, station design considerations and dispensing costs.

It concluded that in the near-term, the best option to stimulate the UK market for hydrogen fuel would be via distribution as compressed gas via road trailer, while over the longer term, both liquid and gaseous hydrogen could play a role.

The two companies are now exploring collaboration opportunities for the design and deployment of an initial network for heavy-duty transport hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Richard Harding, senior vice president portfolio & integration, bp said: “Our customers in hard-to-abate sectors, such as heavy-duty transport, are demanding low carbon alternative fuels. They need and want to decarbonise. Cutting HGV emissions requires new infrastructure, and by bringing together our technical expertise, understanding of the supply chain, and insights from our customers, I am confident that together we can do more to drive change at pace for our customers.”

Jim Mercer, business president, BOC UK & Ireland, said: “If we are to meet net zero targets, tackling road freight emissions needs to happen now. This study shows us the optimal ways in which hydrogen can be used to help decarbonise the UK freight sector and BOC is proud to bring its extensive experience and expertise to this collaboration with bp, as we look at opportunities to deliver a hydrogen refuelling network for the UK’s heavy goods vehicle market.”