Daimler & BP build hydrogen infrastructure in Great Britain

Daimler & BP build hydrogen infrastructure in Great Britain-infrastructure

The truck manufacturer Daimler Truck and the petroleum and filling station company BP want to jointly promote the development and scaling of a hydrogen infrastructure in Great Britain in order to support the decarbonisation of the British freight transport network. The companies have signed an agreement for this. They intend to promote both the development of a hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in Great Britain, as announced by Daimler Truck. The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) stipulates, among other things, that BP wants to consider building and operating up to 25 hydrogen filling stations in Great Britain by 2030. From 2025, Daimler Truck AG intends to deliver hydrogen-based fuel cell trucks to the first customers in the country.

“We are consistently pursuing our vision of CO2-neutral transport. The hydrogen-powered fuel cell drive will be indispensable in the future, especially for CO2-neutral long-distance transport with heavy trucks,” says Karin RådstrOm, responsible for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks brand and member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG. Emma Delaney, BP’s executive vice president of customers and products, adds that hydrogen is “critical” for decarbonizing certain sectors – “and sometimes the only way for long-distance heavy-duty transport”. Together, the two companies on the island now want to do pioneering work in establishing hydrogen as a future fuel for the British transport industry: from hydrogen production to the construction of filling stations.

Daimler Truck AG is pursuing a sustainable corporate strategy and has the ambition to only offer new vehicles in Europe, Japan and North America by 2039 that are CO2-neutral when driving (“tank-to-wheel”). The truck manufacturer is concentrating on the truly locally CO2-neutral technologies of batteries and hydrogen-based fuel cells. Daimler Truck is currently testing a further developed prototype of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck on public roads in Germany – the truck manufacturer wants to hand over the first production vehicles to customers from 2027.

Daimler Truck prefers the use of liquid hydrogen because the energy carrier in this physical state has a significantly higher energy density in relation to volume compared to gaseous hydrogen. As a result, a fuel cell truck fueled with liquid hydrogen can use much smaller and, due to the lower pressure, also much lighter tanks. This leaves a larger cargo space and a higher supply weight of the truck. At the same time, more hydrogen can be fueled, which increases the range significantly. Thus, the series Genh2 truck such as corresponding conventional diesel trucks for heavily predictable, multi-day long-distance traffic transports, in which the daily energy flow is high.

In the area of electrification, BP already has 11 worldwide.000 charging points for electric cars and wants its loading network to 7030 to 70.Remove 000. With the now signed MOU BP commits to the use of hydrogen in the transport industry for the first time. The company intends to establish hydrogen tank stations across Europe and pursue plans for building hydrogen tank stations in Germany.

In the production and delivery of hydrogen, BP wants to take a leading role in the future. The company intends to build a low-carbon hydrogen production facility in Teesside, UK. This plant could produce about 1 GW of blue hydrogen from natural gas with carbon capture and storage. At the same time, BP is also investigating the potential for green hydrogen in the region, including possible support for establishing Teesside as the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub. These activities support the UK government’s target to build 5 GW of hydrogen production by 2030.

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6 thoughts on “Daimler & BP build hydrogen infrastructure in Great Britain”

  1. This will certainly be super cheap if you produce 1/2 kWh net from 25 ct per kWh (exchange electricity price today). class. I’m curious how that will work if there are taxes, levies, profits and costs for the construction of the infrastructure. Realistically, the kWh of hydrogen should then be approx. 1-2 euros if the price of electricity does not rise further by then. A billion grave is being created here.

  2. As if from an “elephant” headline “.. build an H2 infrastructure …”
    even less than a “mouse” step becomes: »… according to. BP wants a memorandum of understanding (MoU) check if you Build and operate up to 25 hydrogen filling stations in the UK by 2030 want …”

    Result: open minded!

  3. Blue hydrogen – i.e. based on natural gas and hope that the captured CO2 will remain underground. Bravo.
    You can look for truck drivers who will then distribute the hydrogen to the filling stations 😛

  4. Effectiveness and efficiency miserable. And now a distribution network still has to be set up. The sparrows are already screaming from the roof “stop”. There is electricity in every socket. So take care of sustainable electricity production and storage and not a hydrogen network.

  5. A new invention was filed with the EPO in May this year. This simple process will enable more efficient and cheaper H2 production than steam reforming and especially electrolysis processes. As you can see, the development does not stand still!


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