Ricardo-AEA has been selected, in partnership with E4tech, to deliver the UK government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) hydrogen refuelling stations infrastructure grant scheme to support a UK hydrogen fuel network capable of servicing fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Grant funding of GBP3.5m (US$5.26m) will be provided through the scheme to develop up to seven new refuelling stations with a further GBP2m available to upgrade up to eight existing demonstration stations.

Ricardo-AEA will oversee the submission of infrastructure proposals submitted online before reviewing them and making formal recommendations to OLEV. Technical experts will judge applications on how well they meet a range of criteria, including the role they will play in an early hydrogen network.

Once successful infrastructure candidates have been chosen, Ricardo-AEA will work with the government to deliver the grant payments and monitor and report on the installation of new stations.

Lisa Groves, senior consultant at Ricardo-AEA said: "We look forward to working with OLEV to see the first part of the UK's hydrogen refuelling network established in 2016/2017."