Hydrogen Transport Hub: demonstration

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £2.5 million to demonstrate how green hydrogen can be used to power transport solutions for end users. This competition will help the UK to understand how hydrogen can support the long-term development of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub (HTH) and drive demand to decarbonise the transport system. Interested? Feel free to contact us.


  • Competition closes: 16 June 2021, 12 noon
  • Applicants notified: 09 July 2021
  • Project start & end dates: 01 September 2021; 31 March 2021

Scope – proposals must:

  • demonstrate a green zero-emission hydrogen transport solution by 31 March 2022 for 3 months
  • operate in an open public setting/controlled environment e.g. warehouse, distribution centres
  • offer a method to track their solution against performance indicators against a baseline comparator to understand benefits or challenges and then deploy this solution as part of the demonstration
  • report on the benefits for passengers, customers and residents in the Tees Valley
  • develop plans for long-term activities to create a demand for hydrogen in the Tees Valley from 2022
  • undertake desk-based research into future engagement with the hub after 31 March 2022
  • show how the activity proposed for 2021 to 2022 will support the hub’s longer-term ambitions
  • outline how post-2022 activity will transition into a commercially viable ongoing hydrogen-fuelled transport activity or a larger trial on the ground encompassing hydrogen production and its wider use beyond transport
  • explore the policy landscape associated with the deployment to help inform wider policy discussions

Vehicles can be operated partly outside Tees Valley but must maintain their main logistical connection with the area.

Specific Themes – projects must focus on one or more of the following:

  • hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric or zero-emission combustion vehicles of any size
  • maritime, rail, aviation transport
  • non-road mobile machinery, such as forklift trucks
  • infrastructure that uses hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and mobile machinery

Projects will not be funded if they are:

  • exclusively outside of the Tees Valley
  • dedicated technology development projects which do not have demonstration time built in
  • not intended to lead to commercial activity or larger on-the-ground trials after the funding period
  • infrastructure projects including hydrogen generation
  • desk-based studies which do not include a demonstration of hydrogen-powered transport
  • dependent on export performance/domestic inputs usage


  • Projects must be led by a UK-based organisation
  • Projects must be collaborative between UK-registered organisations
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from UK
  • Subcontractors, preferably UK-based, with costs justified and appropriate to the eligible project costs can be employed.
  • Subsidy Control requirements and/or EC State Aid rules (in limited circumstances) apply.

Funding Rates

  • For total eligible project costs between £200,000 and £1Mn (£2.5M pot).
  • For Industrial Research you could get funding of:
    • up to 80% if you are a micro or small organisation
    • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
    • up to 50% if you are a large organisation
  • For Experimental Development you could get funding of:
    • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
    • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
    • up to 25% if you are a large organisation
  • Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.

Need help?

Please contact us for further information on the funding scheme, to discuss a project or how we can support you with an application.

More details and other funding opportunities from Innovate UK can be viewed here.