Gathering multiple stakeholders together to address the challenges and common issues, particularly aimed at stimulating supply and demand.
The UK government’s hydrogen strategy sets out the importance of low carbon hydrogen in decarbonisation by providing greener, more flexible energy. A key challenge in construction is a heavy reliance on diesel, so the government has launched a Red Diesel Replacement Competition to fund the development of innovative technologies to switch from red diesel to hydrogen or other low carbon fuels.
HS2 is working to meet the UK government’s target to bring all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to Net Zero by 2050 and is supporting the transition from diesel to zero emissions by working with partners to develop alternative technologies. As part of this, HS2 is, through the HS2 innovation programme, investigating the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel, starting with a dual-fuel system.
The route to meeting this challenge, in working through the HS2 innovation programme, involves:
All of this activity paves the way for a new collaborative hydrogen innovation hub.
A stakeholder briefing and workshop session was held in September 2021 involving several organisations.