The survey is part of a roadmap to support the development of a UK supply chain for hydrogen fuel cell systems.
London, 25 December 2020 – Arcola Energy, the UK’s leading developer of hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) electric powertrains, will lead a project funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), which aims to build a strong UK supply chain to support the decarbonisation of heavy-duty vehicles - a segment that accounts for more than a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse emissions. The project will be supported by the National Composites Centre (NCC) and strategy consultants E4Tech.
To support the identification of UK supply chain opportunities, the NCC and Arcola Energy are launching a UK hydrogen supply chain capability assessment through a series of surveys on 25 January, 2021, with a view to develop a roadmap for future R&D and investment needs in this fast-growing segment. The final report will be available in April 2021 and will be shared with survey participants.
Richard Kemp-Harper, Strategy Director, Arcola Energy: “The heavy-duty vehicle sector is a critical area that requires decarbonisation but is still in the early stages of development and deployment. Across the supply chain in this sector, there are specific technical requirements that present an innovation opportunity for UK suppliers to develop capability and enter this new market for zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles.”
The current UK market for heavy-duty vehicles (including trucks and buses) is approximately 40,000 per year, all of which are expected to switch to zero emissions in the next 15-20 years. Of this, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) could take between 25% to 50% of the market segment.
As the UK's leading developer of FCEV powertrains, the survey will use Arcola Energy’s technology platform as a baseline for current and upcoming technology requirements. The team has identified a set of critical components within this platform; including large-scale on-board hydrogen storage, fuel cell systems, high power density battery systems, heavy-duty traction motors and integrated power electronics, which will form the basis of the surveys.
Aliya Valiyff, Land Transport, NCC, said: “We’re excited to be supporting Arcola Energy with this hugely important project and invite any company that could have a beneficial impact to take the survey. We’re aiming to not only identify the large number of innovative companies working across the supply chain whose products and technologies could help the UK fulfil its potential in this area, but also establish where further research and development is required to help the industry meet its zero-emissions targets.”
The NCC is a world-leading composite research and development facility based in the UK. Part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the NCC will act as a gateway to the wider network throughout this project. The NCC team will help identify supply chain opportunities for UK companies and where research and innovation are necessary for the sector to meet its potential.
The report will also provide insights to the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK on best-in-class technology targets and developments in the supply chain for future consideration. Respondents will be encouraged to propose additional opportunities in the supply chain for UK companies to supply key components and increase UK manufacturing content.