Sheffield Hallam Uni to trial hydrogen vans

Sheffield Hallam University is to trial hydrogen-fuelled vans this year as part of its plans to become greener. It is partnering with ITM Power which has a site on the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Sheffield Hallam University is to trial hydrogen-fuelled vans this year as part of its plans to become greener.

It is partnering with ITM Power which has a site on the Advanced Manufacturing Park that uses wind energy to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen.

The vans will use the hydrogen to travel around campus, reducing emissions.

The university claims to be on track to achieving its target of cutting carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, having reduced it by 11% since 2005.

Several of its buildings receive their energy through the city’s district heating system, which uses waste for heating that would normally be sent to landfill.

It has also installed ground source heat pumps.

Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities at Sheffield Hallam, said: “Sheffield Hallam is committed to being an environmentally-friendly institution.

“New approaches and ways of working such as the trial of hydrogen vehicles will go a long way to help us continue to reduce carbon emissions. At a time when some universities are divesting from fossil fuels, we are proud to say that we have not and will not invest in them.”

Earlier this year Toyota announced plans to launch hydrogen-powered electric cars in the UK.