A significant step has been made in fuelling hydrogen buses on the streets of the UK with Ryse Hydrogen signing a three-year contract with Suttons Tankers to transport bulk hydrogen gas to different locations in the UK, starting with London.
Suttons, a market leader in the logistics sector for bulk gas distribution, will move the hydrogen, produced by Ryse Hydrogen in Runcorn, to the capital where Transport For London will be operating 20 hydrogen powered double-decker buses later this year. for further information see the IDTechEx report on Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Buses 2021-2040.
Suttons' national network of strategically positioned sites, reputation for class-leading levels of safety and the comprehensive engineering and technical support were key factors in being awarded the contract. The contract will be going live at the end of September with a phased transport solution leading to a day and night time operation once the capital's fleet is fully operational.
Jo Bamford, who founded the green hydrogen production company, and acquired Northern Ireland bus manufacturer Wrightbus last year, has a vision, 3,000 hydrogen buses - about 10% of the UK's total fleet - to UK towns and cities by 2024. These vehicles will release only water vapour and save an estimated 280,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of taking roughly 107,000 cars off the road a year.
Wrightbus will be introducing fleets of state-of-the-art buses later this year in other areas such as Aberdeen, Belfast and Dublin, as well as London. There are also advanced conversations taking place with relevant authorities in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Brighton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Jo Bamford, CEO of Ryse Hydrogen, said: "This is a hugely important step forward in kick-starting the hydrogen economy in the UK. In order for us to get these buses running on UK streets we need to be able to transport the hydrogen from the production sites to the areas it is needed. Suttons will transport the hydrogen from the North West to London, where hydrogen buses will start running. Suttons Tankers are a reputable logistics provider of bulk gas which made them the obvious partner of choice. We look forward to working with Suttons on this contract and are proud to be supporting the capital in its efforts to reduce its emissions."
Michael Cundy, Managing Director of Suttons Tankers, said: "We are thrilled to be awarded this contract with Ryse Hydrogen which represents a significant move in TfL's pledge to offer more sustainable modes of transport. "This will demonstrate to the wider public transport sector the practical and environmental benefits of hydrogen fuelled technology. This work with Ryse Hydrogen builds upon our strategy of delivering service excellence and our ability to add value to our customers through providing more than just a haulage solution."
Suttons operates in the UK with a fleet of more than 700 vehicles focused on the chemicals,gas and fuel sectors and internationally with key business centres in New Jersey, Widnes, Antwerp, Ludwigshafen, Kuantan, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Ryse Hydrogen and Wrightbus, both UK businesses owned by Jo Bamford, have developed a fully costed plan for how the private sector and UK Government can work together to deliver 3,000 hydrogen buses - 10% of UK bus market - across the country by 2024.
- 3,000 new buses, built at Wrightbus's factory in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
- Five new zero-emission hydrogen production plants deployed in coastal parts of the UK
- 30 new hydrogen refuelling stations that will deliver hydrogen to bus depots at below the price of diesel
- 238,000 tons of carbon dioxide savings per year, improving air quality in towns and cities across the UK
- Potential creation of 1,000 new UK jobs at Wrightbus and 150 at Ryse Hydrogen and supply chain.
- Hydrogen buses have been operating in London since 2003. The Met Police have been using hydrogen cars since 2018 and the NHS ambulance services are starting to incorporate hydrogen vehicles into their fleet.
Benefits of a UK hydrogen economy:
- A UK hydrogen economy will create and sustain hundreds of thousands of high-quality green jobs in all parts of the country.
- Hydrogen is the only practical option for decarbonising heavy transport, energy intensive industries such as steel, and heating 23m UK homes that are connected to the gas grid.
- Hydrogen is a better option to electrification in a number of ways. Complete electrification would, in the long term, be a publicly unacceptable combination of high costs, practically impossible to delivery and miss an opportunity to strengthen our energy security and independence.
- Hydrogen can be cost neutral with diesel if the Government supports production and use at scale.
- Hydrogen is essential to meeting our Net Zero targets and can support the UK's post-Covid- 19 economic regeneration.
In addition to confirming the collaboration with Suttons, Ryse Hydrogen has also indicated it has signed a framework agreement with a leading hydrogen technology supplier.
About Suttons Tankers
Suttons Tankers, with a fleet of more than 500 tractor units and over 700 road tankers and trailers in operation, is part of Suttons Group. Suttons Group is a leading international logistics and supply chain specialist focused on delivering products and services to the chemicals, gases, fuels, food and waste sectors. Suttons operates from 38 locations in the UK and internationally with key business centres in New Jersey, Widnes, Antwerp, Ludwigshafen, Kuantan, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo.
More information is available at www.suttonsgroup.com
Source: Nathan Rouse PR
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