Pioneering industrial collaboration accelerates innovation in hydrogen fueling for heavy goods vehicles

Hy-Met Limited is poised to revolutionize the way vehicles can be fueled with hydrogen in a sustainable and cost effective manner.

Bill Ireland, Managing Director of Logan Energy

The Midlands-based SME will work in partnership with Logan Energy and WMG, University of Warwick to deliver the Prototype Hydrogen for Refueling Equipment (HyPER) project.

Together, the consortium will develop a new generation hydrogen flowmeter for refueling heavy goods vehicles. These will be used for hydrogen refueling systems and will be lightweight, smaller, more cost effective and more precise than existing instruments.

This follows recent funding from the UK Department for Transport for zero emission road freight testing through Innovate UK. The project is worth around £ 170,000.

The new meter will also be easier to manufacture and maintain than current options on the market.

The project aims to reduce the cost of hydrogen refueling and enable wider adoption of hydrogen by transport fleets and other users.

Hy-Met focuses on the main challenges faced by the transition to a sustainable energy system. With over 30 years of experience in ultrasonic flow measurement and device design, Hy-Met needed additional skills and knowledge in advanced manufacturing and hydrogen refueling to combine with theirs to meet the challenge of efficient and precise fueling of heavy-duty hydrogen vehicles.

Nishal Ramadas, Co-Founder and CEO of Hy-Met, said: “Since launching Hy-Met in January, we have continued with our plans to help with the transition to net zero. With our innovative measurement platform, Hy-Met combines our in-depth hardware and software expertise to address some of the complex measurement challenges facing the hydrogen industry.

“When forming the consortium, we knew we needed partners with in-depth knowledge of hydrogen refueling requirements and advanced manufacturing and prototyping capabilities.

“Our choice of project partners was clear and we are very pleased that Logan Energy and WMG have joined us to take on this refueling challenge. “

Logan Energy, based in Wallyford, designs, installs, commissions and maintains integrated energy systems in the UK and Europe. Logan Energy was founded in 2005 and has worked on projects such as hydrogen refueling stations in Edinburgh and Belfast, hydrogen ferries to Orkney Islands, low carbon whiskey distilleries for Benbecula and Arbikie and the Levenmouth Community Energy Project.

Bill Ireland, Managing Director of Logan Energy, said: “Using hydrogen to power trucks is one of the key steps in helping Scotland and the UK tackle the climate emergency.

“The shift from burning diesel to using hydrogen will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases pumped into the atmosphere.

“There are a number of advancements we need to make before hydrogen becomes commonplace on our roads and one of the crucial elements is making it cheap and easy to refuel.

“For nearly three decades, Logan Energy has been at the forefront of developing new and innovative hydrogen technologies, both here in the UK and abroad. This collaborative partnership with Hy-Met and WMG is another step in helping the UK build capacity in the hydrogen industry and achieve net zero. “

WMG at the University of Warwick is an international leader in collaboration between universities and the private and public sectors, spurring innovation in applied science, technology and engineering. The advanced additive manufacturing expertise and capabilities within WMG were well aligned with the requirements of the HyPER project.

Dmitry Isakov, Assistant Professor at WMG, University of Warwick, said: “Securing this funding from the Department of Transport through Innovate UK will help us speed up our work. Working alongside Logan Energy and Hy-Met will allow all of us to combine our knowledge and expertise to develop an industry leading hydrogen flowmeter.