Element 2, the hydrogen refuelling business, has announced a partnership with Tower Group to establish hydrogen hubs for trucks at three key locations in Devon and Cornwall.
The hydrogen hubs will have the capacity for long-term energy storage and Element 2 will provide refuelling systems for the Tower Group-produced hydrogen.
Element 2 will supply its mobile refuelling solutions in the region, as well as build a network of permanent refuelling stations for hydrogen-powered HGVs along key haulage routes in Devon and Cornwall.
Tower Group’s hydrogen hub plans include sites along critical M5 motorway and A30 trunk roads connecting the South West with London.
Element 2 will also provide Tower Group with technical and logistical support for planning or scoping exercises in relation to establishing its hydrogen refuelling solutions, as well as collaborating with Tower Group to identify fleet customers for the hydrogen stored at its facilities.
Dr Andrew Hagan, chief development officer, Element 2, said, “The announcement is further evidence of us delivering on our plans to operate a UK-wide network of safe, high-quality hydrogen refuelling stations from Land’s End to John o’ Groats by 2027.
“By working in partnership with Tower Group and other forward-thinking organisations in the UK hydrogen economy, together we will enable the decarbonisation of heavy goods transport across the country and deliver a greener future.”
Alex King, chief executive officer, Tower Group, said, “Hydrogen will play a central role in the decarbonisation of a range of industries in the South West, including road transport.
“Our hydrogen hubs will have the capacity to store significant volumes of hydrogen, and working with partners like Element 2, we will be able to ensure a regular and reliable supply of hydrogen to customers.”