23 June 2021
Global dedicated hydrogen company, Nel Hydrogen, and multinational consultancy firm, Linesight, announced today that they collaborated on the delivery of a brand new hydrogen fuel station for 20 hydrogen buses for Transport for London (TfL). One of the key objectives of the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy for 2018 is the decarbonization of London’s bus network under which all TfL’s buses will be electric or hydrogen fueled at the latest by 2037.
Under the terms of this program, Nel was commissioned to provide TfL with a Hydrogen (H2) station solution to provide fuel to 20 hydrogen buses operating in west London. The buses are already a competitive alternative to battery buses and will, in the near future, close the cost difference with the current ICE (diesel) fleet. This state-of-the-art hydrogen station allows TfL to refuel hydrogen buses in just a few minutes. This is a major benefit on the road to zero-emission, matching the time taken to fill up conventional buses.
Hydrogen buses can also store more energy on board than equivalent buses, meaning they can be deployed on longer routes. This is a contract worth several million and includes a ten-year service and maintenance contract. The station, which will be completed imminently, will initially service a fleet of 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses at Metroline’s Perivale bus depot. Currently, London has 9000 buses in operation, and plans for all buses in London to be run either on electric battery or hydrogen, by 2037.
Linesight has been working with Nel Hydrogen since 2019, providing program, project, and
cost consultancy services in both North America and Europe. On the TfL initiative, Linesight is providing project and cost management services to Nel. Linesight brings extensive expertise in complex stakeholder management, critical infrastructure program delivery and management of niche technical deliverables, such as on-site radiography and cost control to support Nel in-country.
Commenting on the project Karsten Poulsen, Vice President Operations, Nel Hydrogen Fueling said:
“Transport for London (TfL) are forging the path for a sustainable business by 2037 and it has been a privilege working with them on their hydrogen-fueled bus program to date. Our collaboration with Linesight has resulted in clear stakeholder management and prioritisation of key activities enabling us to meet the expectations of TfL and open the
hydrogen refueling facility efficiently. Linesight has played a pivotal role on the Perivale project in procuring key and bespoke packages of work that are fundamental to project handover to the end user. We very much look forward to potentially working with Linesight on future projects across Europe.”
“Nel are global leaders in empowering generations with clean green energy forever. Their cutting-edge technology is enabling people and businesses to make everyday use of hydrogen. This has been and continues to be an exciting and collaborative partnership for Linesight with Nel. The renewables industry is one in which we are investing heavily, bringing our decades of experience and deep domain knowledge to bear in scheduling, project and cost management solutions, which add demonstrable value to our clients and their requirements.”
said Michael Riordan, Managing Director UK, Linesight.