The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £20 million for innovative projects.
The aim of this competition is to create a long-term sustainable demand for hydrogen from transport and to de-risk hydrogen’s adoption for transport owners and operators.
This investment will support demonstrations of hydrogen powered vehicles across transport modes in real world operational settings across the Tees Valley.
This competition is split into two strands:
Your strand 2 project must:
It is your responsibility to ensure you submit your application to the correct strand for your project. You will not be able to transfer your application and it will not be sent for assessment if it is out of scope.
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Your project must:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
If your project’s total eligible costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.
To lead a project your organisation must:
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
A business can lead or collaborate in any number of applications across the two strands of the competition.
An organisation can collaborate in any number of applications across the two strands of the competition.
The aim of this competition is to demonstrate the use and refuelling of hydrogen for transport vehicles, while securing a sustainable demand of hydrogen from operators.
Demonstrations will test business models and user operating needs to inform ongoing adoption of hydrogen within Tees Valley and across the UK.
We are looking for projects that will significantly increase the demand for hydrogen transport and to support the development of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub.
Projects are required to demonstrate realistic scale in their demonstrations.
Projects which demonstrate non-passenger car vehicles are encouraged to apply. Projects which address use cases that are hard to decarbonise and are yet to demonstrated are also encouraged to apply.
Your project must:
We encourage projects to demonstrate links to other initiatives, such as the OFGEM Strategic Innovation Fund, Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, Zero Emission Road Freight Demonstration, Aerospace Technology Institute and the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund.
Your proposed project must use a hydrogen vehicle or vessel in an operational setting to replace, complement or add to existing transport fleets or operations.
Projects can include demonstrations of single mode operations using one vehicle type, multi-mode operations and end-to-end operations where a mix of vehicle types are used to undertake a defined journey or operation.
Your project must:
Your project can operate vehicles partly outside the Tees Valley but must maintain your main logistical connection with the area.
You can incorporate temporary hydrogen refuelling solutions into your project. Temporary solutions must be sited in the Tees Valley and meet volume, quality, and pressure requirements of the vehicles they intend to refuel.
Temporary solutions include mobile refuellers or access to hydrogen via other sites where an agreement can be reached. Projects must provide assurance at the point of application that a source of hydrogen has been secured in principle.
Temporary stations must use either 'green' hydrogen or hydrogen that meets the UK’s draft low carbon hydrogen standard.
Your project must put in place an aggressive roadmap to move towards solely green hydrogen by March 2025. The use of grey hydrogen is not permissible.
Your project must:
Innovate UK reserves the right to drive cost efficiencies in its funding of refuelling infrastructure by requesting the projects make use of suitable alternative refuelling capacity within the Tees Valley. You may be invited to discuss efficiencies if your project application is successful and to create a network of accessible and viable refuelling sites in the Tees Valley
The cost of supplied hydrogen should be provided at no less than the cost of diesel within that period. Projects are expected to be engaged with the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation scheme.
You can use any number of vehicles in your project including:
Any form of hydrogen propulsion is in scope however, hydrogen combustion technologies must be advanced in pursuit of zero emissions and restricted to use on certain applications such as non-road applications.
Innovate UK reserves the right to prioritise fuel cell vehicles through its portfolio process.
Vehicles can be retrofits or new builds or a combination of both within the same project. Retrofits must offer a scalable solution which is underpinned by a commercial model.
If you would like to check your project is in scope you must email a short overview of your project to email@example.com at least 10 working days before the competition closes.
We want to fund a variety of projects across different technologies and markets. We call this a portfolio approach.
Your project can focus on one or more of the following demonstrations: