The Mayor Must Bid for Hydrogen Funding

9th February 2015

Liberal Democrat Councillor Christian Martin has pleaded with the Mayor to bid for government funding to further develop hydrogen technology in Bristol.

The Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme was launched on the 2nd February by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to support the roll out of hydrogen refuelling stations. The release of this fund by the government had been expected since spring last year. At the Council’s Place Scrutiny meeting last week Lib Dem Councillors Gary Hopkins, Christian Martin and Anthony Negus urged the Mayor to bid for funding from the scheme. However officers revealed that the Mayor had already taken the decision not to submit a bid at this time.

Hydrogen is an extremely high-quality and versatile form of energy with potentially zero carbon content. It can be produced from almost any energy source and converted to power and heat with high efficiency and zero emissions for transport. It has the potential to be stored in large amounts and, as such, can address issues associated with security of supply and flexibility for existing power production methods.

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