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Longest hydrogen highway in the United Kingdom planned for Wales

The United Kingdom has designated South Wales as a Low Carbon Economic Area, LCEA). According to the British government, the purpose of the LCEAs, which were announced as part of the Government’s Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, is to capitalise on the strengths of particular regions where existing geographic and industrial assets could help give the UK a global advantage. It is planned that the South Wales LCEA will specialise in hydrogen energy, and will count on “the largest renewables refuelling infrastructure in the United Kingdom”.

The South Wales LCEA will aim to establish an internationally recognised centre of excellence and expertise in hydrogen energy technologies, including the creation of refuelling infrastructure to support the testing and deployment of hydrogen vehicles.

The M4 motorway in South Wales has been selected to become the longest hydrogen highway in the UK, “with strategically-positioned points for recharging and refuelling using various types of fuel”. According to the British government, users of the M4 will be able to refuel their hydrogen-driven cars or as well as their electric vehicles. As part of this project, the University of Glamorgan has announced that it will invest £6.3 million (€7 million) in the CymruH2Wales Project to develop new processes, products and services in hydrogen energy.

“Hydrogen presents exciting opportunities for low carbon energy and we want the UK to be at the forefront. That's why we're creating this Low Carbon Economic Area for hydrogen energy led by South Wales in close collaboration with the South West,” declared Wales Secretary, Peter Hain, during the launch of the South Wales LCEA.

The new LCEA in Wales joins five others in: the Midlands (advanced automotive engineering); the North East (ultra-low carbon vehicles); the North West and Yorkshire (civil nuclear energy); Greater Manchester (the built environment); and the South West (marine energy).

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