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JCB hydrogen deal

2 November 2021

JCB hydrogen deal

JCB has signed a deal to buy billions of pounds worth of green hydrogen.

The company will take 10% of the output produced by Australian mining company Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), according to national media reports. 

FFI aims to produce 15 million tonnes of hydrogen per year by 2030, rising to 50 million tonnes each year in the following decade. 

The gas would be produced in an environmentally friendly way by splitting hydrogen from oxygen in water through electrolysis. It would then then be distributed throughout the UK to power plant, vehicles and machinery.

Last month, JCB announced that it was spending £100m on a project to produce internal combustion engines running on hydrogen. A Loadall telescopic handler (above) and a backhoe loader powered by the fuel have already been developed and the company aims to have the first hydrogen models for sale by the end of 2022. 

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