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CNG Fuels announce plans for UK-wide trial of hydrogen

The UK's leading supplier of alternative low-carbon fuels has unveiled plans for UK-wide hydrogen trials.

CNG Fuels, the UK’s largest supplier of alternative low-carbon fuels for HGVs, has unveiled plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its rapidly expanding network of biomethane refuelling stations.

The aim, they say, is to support the future decarbonisation of HGVs.

A new branch of the company, HyFuels, has been established to identify the best hydrogen production pathways and infrastructure solutions for HGVs so it can support customers in adopting hydrogen quickly and easily when it becomes commercially viable. 

The first trials are due to begin next year with the company currently in discussions with international partners and undertaking feasibility studies across its upcoming development sites. 

Public access hydrogen refuelling

By 2025, the company plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.

Philip Fjeld, the CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “HGVs alone account for 5% of all UK emissions, making their decarbonisation one of the single most important things the UK can do to meet our net-zero ambitions. 

“Renewable biomethane is and will continue to be the most effective decarbonisation solution for heavy transport for many years. 

“However, we have launched HyFuels to ensure we are ready to support our customers’ journey to a multi-fuel future as new technologies become commercially viable and the fuel readily available.”

The firm says that mid-weight trucks will be among the first to be commercially viable for new technologies such as hydrogen. 

Challenging decarbonisation targets proposed by the government

The trials carried out by HyFuels will help hauliers by helping them to navigate challenging decarbonisation targets proposed by the government, including a potential ban on diesel engines by 2035.

CNG Fuels already supports major fleets with 100% renewable biomethane sourced from food waste and manure across its UK-wide network of public access refuelling stations. 

Major brands already on board include the John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose, Hermes, Warburtons and Royal Mail with demand for the fuel doubling every year for the last five years. 

CNG Fuels expects that with the rapid expansion of its UK-wide network, this will continue to accelerate with around 10% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet running on Bio-CNG by 2025.

International providers of hydrogen infrastructure and fuel

HyFuels is already in advanced discussions with major international providers of both hydrogen infrastructure and the fuel to deploy their first trials. 

Among the first initiatives will be a number of hydrogen-ready mobile refuelling units that are able to quickly deliver hydrogen to refuelling sites on demand.

Findings from the trials will be used to inform government, industry and existing customers on the effectiveness of different hydrogen solutions and outline key infrastructure considerations for a hydrogen refuelling network. 

The company is also planning to incorporate the findings into a wider business strategy, with a complete roadmap for companies to switch fleets from diesel to net-zero fuels.

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