Hydrogen fuel station opens

Public hydrogen filling station opens at Teddington as £2m fund is announced

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 10 May 2016

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ITM Power today officially launched its first public access hydrogen refuelling station in London at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington.

The station was opened to the public by Andrew Jones MP, Transport Minister at Department for Transport, and was supported by Toyota and fellow automotive manufacturer members of the European HyFive consortium, Hyundai, Honda and Renault’s technology partner Symbio FCell.

£2m fund for hydrogen

The station is the first of three to be opened in the UK as part of the pan-European HyFive project, funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the UK Government Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

15 hydrogen fuelling stations are currently in operation in the UK and the government is helping to fund a further 40 by 2020.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP announced a £2 million government fund to support the roll-out of hydrogen vehicles in public and private sector fleets.

‘We are committed to making all cars and vans zero-emission by 2050, and hydrogen vehicles have a huge role to play in delivering cleaner, greener journeys.

‘The new refuelling station at Teddington is just one of 12 stations opening up this year, backed by £5 million of government funding, that will make it easier for more people to switch to this exciting new technology.’

ANDREW JONES MP
Transport Minister

Refuelling a hydrogen fuel cell car takes three minutes and gives a range of 300 to 400 miles.

Developing infrastructure

Located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, the hydrogen refuelling station is close to the A316 and A308 trunk roads and is available for commercial and private fleets operating fuel cell electric vehicles.

‘The opening of ITM Power’s new filling station is an excellent example of how a coordinated hydrogen fuel infrastructure is successfully being developed in the UK with backing from the HyFive consortium. We are pleased to continue our support for the wider provision of hydrogen fuel outlets, which will encourage increased customer uptake of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai saloon.’

PAUL VAN DER BURGH
Toyota (GB) PLC President and Managing Director

Teams from ITM Power and BOC Linde are to commission and open a further four electrolyser-based refuelling stations in and around London before the end of 2016.

Zero carbon electricity supply

Renewable electricity company Good Energy has signed an agreement to provide zero carbon electricity to ITM Power’s hydrogen car refuelling stations, which will produce the hydrogen on site using electricity and tap water.

‘At Good Energy we’re proud to be working with ITM Power on this cutting-edge technology which can play a big part in the energy future of the world.

‘The opportunities to work with ITM Power to see how we can integrate the transport, heat and electricity markets are really exciting, and we think we are a great fit to supply zero carbon renewable electricity for this inspiring venture.’

JULIET DAVENPORT OBE
Founder and chief executive of Good Energy

The companies are looking to supply renewable electricity to sites where hydrogen is produced through the electrolysis of tap water, meaning the fuel will be made with zero associated carbon emissions.

Good Energy, which owns two wind farms and seven solar farms, will supply more power when the generation of renewable electricity is greater than demand.

‘Utilising surplus renewable energy lies at the heart of the proposition for hydrogen as a clean fuel. We look forward to exploring options for direct renewable energy contracts through collaboration with Good Energy.’

DR GRAHAM COOLEY
ITM Power’s chief executive

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