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CNG Fuels, a supplier of alternative low-carbon fuels for HGVs, has announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its UK network of public access refuelling stations to support the future decarbonisation of HGVs. The first trials are due to begin in mid-2022, with the company currently in discussions with international partners.

By 2025, the company plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.

A new branch of the company, HyFuels, has been established to identify the best hydrogen production pathways and infrastructure solutions for HGVs, so it can support customers in adopting hydrogen quickly and easily when it becomes commercially viable. 

HyFuels is already in advanced discussions with major international providers of both hydrogen infrastructure and the fuel to deploy its first trials.

Among the first initiatives will be a number of hydrogen-ready mobile refuelling units that are able to quickly deliver hydrogen to refuelling sites on demand.

Findings from the trials will be used to inform UK government, industry, and existing customers on the effectiveness of different hydrogen solutions and outline key infrastructure considerations for a hydrogen refuelling network.

CNG Fuels already supports major fleets with 100% renewable biomethane sourced from food waste and manure across its UK-wide network of public access refuelling stations.

Major brands in the UK already on board include the John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose, Hermes, Warburtons, and Royal Mail.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, says: “HGVs alone account for 5% of all UK emissions, making their decarbonisation one of the single most important things the UK can do to meet our net zero ambitions.”

He adds: “Renewable biomethane is and will continue to be the most effective decarbonisation solution for heavy transport for many years. However, we have launched HyFuels to ensure we are ready to support our customers’ journey to a multi-fuel future as new technologies become commercially viable and the fuel readily available.”

Baden Gowrie-Smith, CFO of CNG Fuels and head of hydrogen development for HyFuels comments: “We build our sites with our customers’ future needs in mind, acquiring additional space so we can expand as demand grows. This means up to 30% of our future land will be perfectly placed to deploy multi-fuel trials on some of the busiest haulage routes in the UK. As soon as these technologies are viable, we will be ready to support our customers in adopting the latest and greatest in low carbon technology. With increasingly aspirational decarbonisation targets set by government, our role is to support fleets in their journey to net zero, making it as simple and affordable as possible.”

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CNG Fuels currently operates seven public access bio-CNG refuelling stations in the UK, and plans to open at least 12 more every year from 2022.

The company plans to have 60 stations in operation by 2026, supporting the mass adoption of renewable biomethane fuel by fleets across the UK.

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