The first hydrogen-powered train to run on the UK’s mainline is set to roll out onto the tracks today in Warwickshire as part of a series of trials of the technology part-funded by the government.
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Alexander Stafford is the Conservative MP for Rother Valley: Boris Johnson is right to say that Britain must “build back greener”, and it is hydrogen that should be the foundation stone of the green revolution and help the UK fulfil its commitment to net zero by 2050. Hydrogen is the solution to decarbonising our industrial processes and our economic sectors – it cuts the Gordian knot of the carbon emissions problem. Given proper attention, hydrogen could be as important for the green revolution as carbon was for the industrial revolution. Its strengths are in its versatility: it can be used as feedstock, as a fuel or energy carrier, and as storage; and it can be applied across industry, transport and the building sector. Hydrogen-powered buses have revolutionary potential, providing a workable alternative to diesel vehicles while creating hundreds of jobs. They are cost efficient and can be rolled out on existing infrastructure and without regulatory change. And they can be made in the UK. More than 23 million homes are connected to the gas grid. By 2025 gas boilers will be banned in new-builds — undoubtedly a fantastic step. If hydrogen-ready boilers are introduced into the market today, in 10 years’ time 16 million homes will be ready for the change at no great expense to the UK taxpayer. However, to reap the full benefits of a green economy, the long-term production of green hydrogen must be invested in now. Europe has already made hydrogen a central part of its trillion-dollar green deal, and published a comprehensive EU-wide green hydrogen strategy in July. Germany, France and the Netherlands have made huge investments in their hydrogen economies.
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New hydrogen-powered trains are being trialled on British rail lines for the first time, and the Government has said they could be carrying passengers by 2023. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was aboard a low-carbon HydroFLEX train for its inaugural journey on Tuesday, along lines between Long Marston, in Warwickshire and Evesham. It is hoped the new technology will allow ministers to start retrofitting old diesel trains from 2023 to make them more eco-friendly and decarbonise non-electrified lines. Alongside the new train trials, the Government also unveiled a host of other hydrogen projects, including funding for 19 hydrogen-powered refuse trucks in Glasgow as well as for research into cleaner mass hydrogen production. In an exclusive oped for the Telegraph, Mr Shapps said Britain’s role in developing clean hydrogen technologies could help put it at the forefront of new industrial ‘green revolution’.
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Grant Shapps: I have announced Tees Valley as the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub, with the promise of hundreds of jobs. Following the development of the world’s largest versatile hydrogen refuelling facility (made possible through Government funding) Tess Valley is perfectly placed to reap these benefits. I’m not sure if the Australians need another Sydney harbour bridge, but should they need a Sydney hydrogen bus I want it to be produced in Teesside. The beauty of hydrogen is that we can produce it not only for ourselves but for the rest of the world too, creating thousands of jobs in the process, just as we did during the industrial revolution. Other areas have the potential to become hubs for the clean transport fuels of the future too. The HyNet project in Merseyside, for example, is advancing the way we trap and store carbon using hydrogen to create cleaner energy. Of course this isn’t just about the future. It’s also about the here and now – and we are already seeing the benefits of the millions of pounds the Government is investing into harnessing greener forms of energy. Hydrogen-powered buses are already carrying passengers on London roads, with more to come in Birmingham and West Sussex. This week, the first ever hydrogen-powered train ran on our rail network as part of historic trials in Warwickshire. And thanks to £6.3 million of government funding the first hydrogen-fuelled refuse lorries – 19 of them – will soon take to the streets of Glasgow, cleaning up in more ways than one.
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