Teesside Airport will be one of the first places in the UK to test hydrogen vehicles under Tees Valley’s status as the country’s hydrogen transport hub. The £ 2.5million (US $ 3.4million) project will see 100% zero-emission hydrogen engines installed on commercial and support vehicles at the airport and other key organizations in the Valley of the Tees.
A ground support tug, which tows aircraft, will be converted to run on hydrogen by supplier ULEMCo while Toyota will provide two Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with a range of approximately 400 miles as well as a forklift to use. The trials will aim to show how hydrogen-powered vehicles can be quick and easy to drive and refuel, purifying the air in local areas, as the airport aims to meet its net zero ambitions.
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As announced in September last year, Teesside Airport would be home to the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub. The facility, in partnership with Teesside University, will form an innovation campus focused on clean energy research and development, and lead the research, development and testing of new hydrogen transport technologies , especially for cars, buses, trains, trucks, ships and airplanes.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This is yet another huge boost for Teesside, putting our region at the forefront of the hydrogen revolution and developing the fuels of the future. With our multi-million pound redevelopment of our passenger terminal, it makes sense that we make sure our ground operations vehicles are fit for purpose and help drive the region’s clean energy ambitions. . I want Teesside Airport to be the UK’s first hydrogen ready airport and this is the first big step. “