This report details the trial of a hydrogen powered light goods vehicle conducted in Stornoway, Outer Hebrides, Scotland in July-August 2010. The trial involved the use of a demonstration Ford Transit converted by Revolve Technologies to a bi-fuel petrol/hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) vehicle operated by Royal Mail on two delivery routes out of its Stornoway delivery office over a six week period. Hydrogen fuel was provided by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) via its H2seed facility. H2seed generates renewable hydrogen by feeding electricity generated by a biogas engine to an electrolyser. The trial sought to examine the reliability, ease of fuelling and usability of the vehicle and fuelling regime, and the suitability of the HICE vehicle in fleet operation.
This paper describes the results of an efficiency study on the performance of a rapid charge unit which has recently been installed at the MetroCentre retail complex in Gateshead. This is the first publically available device of its type in the UK. The study focuses on the efficiency and power draw of the charging process at different starting States of Charge (SoC) and compares the performance of the rapid charger with that of conventional slow charging using a Mitsubishi i_MiEV.
The DfT’s Infrastructure Grant Programme (AFIGP) has provided grant support to help overcome the market failure of lack of fuelling infrastructure holding back low carbon vehicle deployment. This project was implemented by gasfill, a company that manufactures slow-fill natural gas refuelling units for cars and vans. The station was installed at the Mercedes Benz UK headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Biomethane is a renewable transport fuel produced from the anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic waste or energy crops. The fuel is close to carbon neutral, and when used in vehicles it has very low exhaust emissions with regards local air quality and is considerably quieter than conventional diesel vehicles.