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Support for public sector fleets to adopt hydrogen vehicles

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A new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) has been launched to support local authority fleets to adopt hydrogen fuelled vehicles.

It’s the result of a partnership between The Procurement Partnership (TPPL) and the Highland Council and is the first hydrogen DPS of its kind available for the public sector.

The new DPS will provide a quick, compliant and simple solution to procuring the latest low and zero carbon hydrogen infrastructure, with access to key suppliers at the forefront of hydrogen generation and fuelling technology.

Keith Sergison, TPPL’s business development manager for Scotland, said: “This procurement solution is a major step forward in allowing Public Sector Bodies to access a compliant and competitive route to market in support of the decarbonisation of their current vehicle fleets. Promotion of the UK Governments Hydrogen strategy and the road to net zero has been 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 refuelling solutions, mini hydrogen dispensers, self-contained hydrogen refuelling units, on-site stored hydrogen containers, hydrogen refuelling stations and hydrogen production plants including regional hubs.

The ongoing hydrogen supply for vehicle fuelling category includes; Grey, Blue, and Green hydrogen, and also hydrogen produced from nuclear (Pink) sources.

Other services include the disposal, disassembly, and recycling of precious metals, and other elements within EV Batteries. Also featuring is the repurposing of batteries, to include any necessary refurbishment, for use in a variety of applications. Examples include energy storage (both domestic and commercial), mobile power units, storage to store energy at renewable production facilities and emergency power storage.

Cllr Trish Robertson, chair of the Highland Council’s economy and infrastructure committee and Climate Change Working Group, said: “The Council recognises the enormous potential the emerging hydrogen economy is going to provide in terms of delivering net zero, and we’re delighted to be working with The Procurement Partnership to deliver a solution which will make this transition easier for public sector partners across the country.”

The Government says hydrogen could play an important role in decarbonising polluting, energy-intensive industries like chemicals, oil refineries, power and heavy transport like shipping, HGV lorries and trains, by helping these sectors move away from fossil fuels. The resulting UK-wide hydrogen economy could be worth £900 million and create more than 9,000 jobs by 2030, potentially rising to 100,000 jobs and worth up to £13 billion by 2050.

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