Supporting public sector fleets in the adoption of hydrogen vehicles
A new dynamic purchasing system (DPS) has been launched to help local authority fleets adopt hydrogen vehicles.
It is the result of a partnership between The Procurement Partnership (TPPL) and the Highland Council and is the first hydrogen DPS of its kind available to the public sector.
The new DPS will provide a fast, compliant and straightforward solution to procuring the latest low and zero carbon hydrogen infrastructure, with access to key suppliers at the forefront of hydrogen production and refueling technology.
Keith Sergison, TPPL Business Development Director for Scotland, said: “This procurement solution is a big step forward in enabling public sector organizations to access a compliant and competitive path to market. in support of the decarbonization of their current vehicle fleets. The promotion of the UK government’s hydrogen strategy and the net zero path were a major influence in the decision to create this unique solution.
The scope covers a variety of temporary and permanent infrastructure solutions ranging from mobile refueling solutions, mini hydrogen dispensers, stand-alone hydrogen refueling units, on-site hydrogen containers, fueling stations hydrogen refueling and hydrogen production plants, including regional hubs.
The current hydrogen supply for the vehicle refueling category includes: Gray, blue and green hydrogen, as well as hydrogen produced from nuclear sources (pink).
Other services include disposal, dismantling and recycling of precious metals and other elements of EV batteries. It also includes battery reuse, to include any refurbishment needed, for use in a variety of applications. Examples include energy storage (both home and commercial), mobile power units, storage to store energy in renewable production facilities, and emergency energy storage.
Cllr Trish Robertson, Chair of the Highland Council Economics and Infrastructure Committee and Climate Change Working Group, said: Working with The Procurement Partnership to provide a solution that will facilitate this transition for public sector partners to across the country.
The government says hydrogen could play an important role in decarbonizing polluting and energy-intensive industries like chemicals, oil refineries, electricity, and heavy transportation like shipping, trucks and trains, by helping these sectors move away from fossil fuels. The resulting UK-wide hydrogen economy could be worth £ 900million and create over 9,000 jobs by 2030, up to 100,000 jobs and worth up to 13 billion euros. pounds sterling by 2050.