Costain has been selected by Wales & West Utilities (WWU) to lead an investigation into how hydrogen refuelling stations can be integrated into the UK’s existing gas network.

The research study, funded by Ofgem, will explore the potential of using the UK’s existing gas network for hydrogen fuelling infrastructure. Specifically, the study will consider infrastructure solutions that will increase the viability of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

Established as part of WWU’s initiative HyDrive, Costain researchers will consult key regional stakeholders to understand transport demands, and model and forecast future demands on the network. They will also identify potential locations where petrol stations can be converted.

“HyDrive is a hugely important initiative for us as we seek to reduce carbon emissions across Wales and the south west of England,” explained Matthew Hindle, Head of Net Zero and Sustainability at WWU.

“Having successfully trialled a hydrogen van earlier this year, one of the challenges was the lack of hydrogen refuelling in the area. The trial required us to set up a bespoke hydrogen refuelling eco-system and clearly highlighted the need for permanent infrastructure if FCEVs are to become a reality.”

Hindle added, “The lack of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is not confined to our region and we’re optimistic the project will produce a model which can be used by the broader industry and accelerate the sector’s complicated but pressing road to Net Zero.”

Laura Hughes, Energy Sector Director at Costain, said, “Costain has a rich catalogue of expertise in this field and a deep understanding of how to handle hydrogen safely. This will ensure the report is grounded in practical implementation and ultimately delivers robust, actionable findings.”


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