Transport transition challenge to help Fuel Change

Hydrogen specialists Arcola Energy Ltd and DER Centre Scotland want apprentices on the Fuel Change Challenge to put their brain in gear and come up with solutions to how transport can transition to using the environmentally friendly gas.

Arcola Energy Ltd and DER Centre Scotland (DER draw on expertise from Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow, St Andrews and Edinburgh) are one of six challenges – four from Innovation centres, Glasgow based Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) and CENSIS – Scotland’s centre of excellence for sensing, imaging and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, The Data Lab in Edinburgh and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) based in Hamilton, and another from BAE Systems, who are all setting tasks for apprentices who have signed up for the second Fuel Change Challenge, to develop innovative low carbon solutions to real issues currently being faced by industry and society.

The Scottish Government  is committed to transitioning Scotland to net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. In order to achieve this, new fuels and new technologies are required in transport, energy and the industrial sectors.

Scotland is set to become a leading hydrogen nation, with an ambition to generate 5GW of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes. 

Hydrogen – which doesn’t emit carbon dioxide – can be used as an alternative to natural gas, to transfer and store energy and could replace fossil fuels in transport, industrial processes and homes.

There are a number of active projects in Scotland to implement hydrogen powered heavy duty vehicles in public sector applications, such as public transport and refuse collection.

Arlan Harris, Head of Education from Arcola Energy Ltd, said: “Arcola Energy Ltd and DER centre Scotland are supporting the electrification of transport, particularly heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, Scotland is focussed on developing a hydrogen economy, to become a world leader in hydrogen-based infrastructure and fuel cell technologies.

“We want the apprentices to identify what would enable Scotland’s transport vehicles to effectively transition from traditional fuels, to a mix with hydrogen powered vehicles, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.”