Bath leads research into UK hydrogen-based fuels


United Kingdom – A major new research project at the University of Bath will look into how the UK can increase its use of hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels as part of the country’s commitment to reaching Net Zero by 2050.

Professor Tim Mays of Bath’s Department of Chemical Engineering will lead a new UKRI-funded project aimed at overcoming the research challenges that are preventing the wider use of low-carbon fuels in the UK.

Bath will use EPSRC funding totaling over £400k to support research activities such as UK-wide stakeholder engagement workshops. ITM Power, the Health and Safety Executive, Jaguar Land Rover, GKN Aerospace, Wales and West Utilities, Siemens Energy, and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association are among the project’s high-profile partners.

Potential impact

The project team will focus on the potential for these fuels to decarbonize land, water, and air transportation, as well as electricity generation, domestic and industrial heating, and high CO2 emitting industries like steel, cement, glass, and fertiliser manufacturing. These three areas account for nearly all of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the project’s potential impact is enormous, particularly in terms of assisting the country in meeting its ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

The University’s Research and Innovation Services team collaborated on the Hydrogen Research Co-ordinator funding proposal.