By Kristy Dorsey

Edinburgh’s Logan Energy is working with Midlands-based Hy-Met and the University of Warwick to develop the next generation of hydrogen refuelling equipment for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

The partners will work together on the Hydrogen Prototype Equipment for Refuelling (HyPER) project to make a meter that is easier to manufacture and maintain than current options. This should make it cheaper and easier to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Logan Energy designs, installs and maintains refuelling stations across the UK and Europe. Hy-Met was set up at the beginning of this year and is a specialist in ultrasonic flow measurement and device design.

Bill Ireland, chief executive of Logan Energy, said using hydrogen to power lorries is one of the keys towards tackling the climate emergency.

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“There are a number of advancements we need to take before hydrogen becomes commonplace on our roads and one of the crucial elements is making it cheap and easy to refuel,” he said.

“For nearly three decades Logan Energy has been at the forefront of developing new and innovative hydrogen technologies both here in the UK and abroad. This collaborative partnership with Hy-Met and WMG [University of Warwick] is another step towards helping the UK grow its capabilities within the hydrogen industry and the drive to net-zero.”

The project is being supported by funding from the UK Government’s Department of Transport zero emission road freight trials. The total value of the project is approximately £170,000.

Nishal Ramadas, co-founder and chief executive of Hy-Met, added: “When building the consortium, we knew we needed partners with detailed knowledge of the requirements for hydrogen refuelling and advanced manufacturing and prototyping capabilities. Our choice of project partners was clear and we are very happy Logan Energy and WMG have joined us in tackling this refuelling challenge.”