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Reference Number NIA_NGN_263
Title Hydrogen Storage for Zero Carbon Fleet Transport
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen end uses (incl. combustion; excl. fuel cells)) 75%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 May 2020
End Date 01 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £86,867
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.999%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_263
Objectives To enable NGN and WWU to better understand the feasibility of using hydrogen powered vehicles within their fleets Cenex will undertake an in-depth assessment of this fuel technology.To achieve this Cenex will utilise their in-house Fleet Advice Tool, which simulates the operation of low emission vehicles over specific duty cycles. The Tool utilises real-world vehicle efficiency data collected over many years of working on large scale low emission and hydrogen projects for both UK and EU government-funded projects. The Tool requires specific fleet operational data as inputs to enable an accurate assessment to be carried out.To collect such specific data Cenex will track up to 12 existing NGN vehicles and up to12 WWU vehicles from a single depot to determine their daily journey profiles in the field. Several classes of vehicle will be tracked for a period of up to 12 weeks. Unlike most tracking devices, Cenexs vehicle tracking solution enables data to be recorded in 2-second intervals allowing for more accurate analyses to be undertaken.In addition, NGN and WWU will provide Cenex with vehicle specification data and refuelling and mileage data for all fleet vehicles over a 12-month period. Stage 1Historical telematics data analysis: existing telematics data (e.g. vehicle location and driver performance) for NGN and WWU will supplied to Cenex to allow for the initial analysis of the operational suitability of hydrogen within the NGN and WWU fleet operations, across the relevant networks. The analysis undertaken will be used to identify potential locations for hydrogen fuelling stations, which will be mapped against existing hydrogen and compressedStage 2Vehicle tracking and modelling: A minimum number of 24 vehicles (12 at NGN and 12 at WWU) will be monitored for a minimum of 12 weeks. Existing Cenex models for small vans, LCVs, electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered saloons and small vans adapted to match NGN & WWU utilities vehicle specifications.Stage 3Hydrogen demand feasibility study and vehicle / HRS specification: existing HRS and hydrogen technology providers will be invited to participate in a min-tender process for a utility specific hydrogen vehicle demonstration trial.Stage 4Trial plan for demonstration HRS installation and hydrogen supply briefing: based on the information gathered in stage one and two, Cenex will compile a hydrogen demonstration planning document. Stage 1: Historical telematics data analysis• Provision of existing telematics data (e.g. vehicle location and driver performance) for NGN and WWU over a 24-month period, across all network operations.Stage 2: Vehicle tracking and modelling• Installation and data capture of a minimum of 24 vehicles (12 at NGN and 12 at WWU) for a minimum of 12 weeks. Provision of vehicle specification data and refuelling and mileage data for all NGN and WWU fleet vehicles over a 12-month period.Adaptation of the Cenex Fleet Advice Tool to simulate utilities vehicles and a theoretical hydrogen powertrain solutionStage 3: Hydrogen demand feasibility study and vehicle/ HRS specification• Hydrogen vehicle demonstration mini-tender sent out to HRS and hydrogen vehicle suppliers• HRS specification and proposed locations mapsStage 4: Plan for vehicle and HRS demonstration trial• HRS and hydrogen vehicle demonstration project planHydrogen briefing document
Abstract Currently, there are no zero-emission vehicles able to fulfil the specific duty cycles associated with the NGN and WWU business operations. However, NGN, WWU and Cenex have identified hydrogen as a potential zero-emission technology that could meet the demands of their field-based work requirements. Hydrogen is a nascent vehicle technology, with potential to fulfil the high-power requirements of the NGN and WWU fleet operations.
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Added to Database 02/11/22