Hydrogen Buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2178
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How is the hydrogen used in London buses generated, and over what timescale do you envisage being able to power London's fuel cell buses with carbon-neutral sources of hydrogen?

Answer

Answer for Hydrogen Buses

Answer for Hydrogen Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The hydrogen currently used to power London's fuel cell buses is commercially produced from industrial sources, based on fossil fuels, as only small quantities of `green' hydrogen are available in the UK.In common with developing other new fuels, there needs to be a strong demand and a clear market. The 70 new hydrogen vehicles the London Hydrogen Partnership estimates will be used in London by 2010 will help create this demand.The draft Further Alterations to the London Plan, will encourage the development of greener sources of hydrogen, for example from municipal waste sources While there is likely to be some component of fossil hydrogen for some time, after 2010, London's hydrogen is likely to increasingly come from green sources.