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UK Consortium to Develop Hydrogen Storage Prototyping Hub in Drive for Net Zero January 17 2022

2022 Lucintel Composites Market Insights, January 17, 2022

An industrial technology consortium developing innovative hydrogen storage solutions has signed an agreement to work towards setting up a Hydrogen Storage Prototyping Hub (HSPH).

The proposed hub brings together the expertise of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Oxford Advanced Surfaces, Xcience and SET Europe - with the aim of developing improved hydrogen storage solutions for the transportation sectors as they journey towards zero emissions.

The research undertaken by the consortium, which has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to progress the hub, has been supported by the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF).
Dr. Martin Kemp, technical director of Xcience who is spearheading the initiative, said: “We believe that improved mobile storage is a crucial technology area to enable future hydrogen vehicles, and access to a state-of-the-art prototyping service will help bring the latest storage technology to vehicle design.”

Stuart Dawson, chief engineer for hydrogen at the University of Sheffield AMRC, welcomed the agreement, adding: “Hydrogen propulsion, whether it’s performed via fuel cells or combustion, has an essential role to play in the decarbonization of transport, particularly for heavier, longer range and higher duty cycle applications.

“The AMRC is delighted to be part of the HSPH consortium where we can contribute our composites manufacturing expertise towards developing safe, lightweight, conformal and affordable hydrogen storage tanks to help accelerate the adoption of zero emission hydrogen propulsion systems.”