SWA becomes project partner in hydrogen-powered road freight trial

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has joined forces with Arcola Energy to identify the business case for fuel cell technology in the UK’s transition to zero-emission road freight.

The Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Freight Trial (SHyFT), led by Arcola Energy, has secured funding from the Department of Transport’s Zero Emission Road Freight programme for the design of a trial of hydrogen fuel cell trucks, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Scotland. Long-distance routes will be incorporated in the testing.

The project partners also include NewCold, the University of St Andrews, BOC, and Scottish Power.

“The key objective of the project is to identify early adopters in heavy-duty freight sectors with a strong drive to decarbonise operations,” said Richard Kemp-Harper, strategy director at Arcola Energy. “By understanding their use cases, we can specify vehicle and infrastructure requirements for what they need now with a view to expanding capacity and capabilities in other sectors and vehicle types over time.”

The SHyFT will see Arcola deliver a demonstrator by integrating the early adopter vehicle requirements into a trial concept design and vehicle development programme. Based on the outcome of the study, a future trial could involve a test fleet of 20-30 trucks, using three existing refuellers and adding new installations during the trial. The project will also include a total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis to help operators evaluate sustainability.

Colin Smith, chief executive of the Scottish Wholesale Association, said: “We are now in Phase 2 of our own Decarbonisation of the Wholesale Industry Project designed to help members and the wider wholesale sector become greener and more sustainable.

“With ambitious plans to decarbonise the wholesale food supply chain and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, if not before, we are currently finalising the results of Phase 1 ready for presenting our sector’s fleet make-up and carbon footprint – the outcomes of which have already generated the interest of technology developers such as Arcola Energy and Scottish Power.

“SWA’s involvement in the SHyFT project puts our sector and members at the forefront of the creation of greener fleets and creates a huge opportunity for members to be the first to transition to fuel cell HGVs.”

On 26 August, the SWA is hosting a webinar titled ‘SWA Fleet Decarbonisation Results & The Hydrogen Opportunities’. Speakers at the webinar, which runs from 2.30pm to 4pm, include: Arcola Energy, giving more detail about the SHyFT project; Barry Carruthers, hydrogen director, Scottish Power; and Amanda Lyne, managing director, ULEMCo.

Tel: Scottish Wholesale Association 0131-556 8753



Published Date: August 24, 2021
Category: Wholesale Industry News