£7.5m boost for hydrogen and fuel cells

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology is getting a £7.5million helping hand from the Government, it was announced today. The new DECC-funded programme is aimed at bringing the low carbon fledgling […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology is getting a £7.5million helping hand from the Government, it was announced today.

The new DECC-funded programme is aimed at bringing the low carbon fledgling technology into everyday use in the transport and energy sectors.

The UK’s innovation body, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), will give a maximum of 6 to 8 projects money in a competition called Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Whole System Integration and Demonstration.

David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at TSB said the time was right for the funding: “We now have technologies at a relatively mature stage of development, with a number of hydrogen and fuel cell systems being demonstrated for buildings or vehicles.”

This follows an initial £7 million provided to projects such as a fuel cell powered scooter and theatre lighting units which were on showat the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Showcase in London today.

Energy Minister Greg Barker welcomed the news, sayingthat the Coalition was determined to support the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies which could “dramatically cut emissions from transport.”