|ITM Power’s wind-powered hydrogen refueling station in South Yorkshire is the first of its kind in the UK.|
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Hydrogen energy system manufacturer, ITM Power, has launched its first public access hydrogen refueling station at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, just off the M1, Junction 33 in South Yorkshire, UK.
The site, which as a public access refueling station is the first of its kind in the UK, consists of a 225 kW wind turbine coupled directly to an electrolyser, 220 kg of hydrogen storage, a hydrogen dispensing unit, and a 30 kW fuel cell system capable of providing backup power generation for nearby buildings. The facility has been upgraded as a showcase for ITM Power’s world-class hydrogen generation equipment and is used to provide retail hydrogen fuel services. The M1 motorway was highlighted as a key route for the early deployment of hydrogen refueling in the UK in the published UK H2Mobility Phase 1 Report.
The station, which has been supported by Innovate UK, currently offers hydrogen gas at 350 bar which was a specification of the Island Hydrogen (formally known as Eco Island) project. The station will be upgraded early 2016 to provide hydrogen at 700 bar as a result of funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This will provide fuel cell vehicles with a longer range of between 350 to 400 miles and extend the reach of clean emission transportation in South Yorkshire to hydrogen refueling stations elsewhere in the UK, including London.
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, commented, “We are extremely pleased to be launching the first of the company’s hydrogen refueling stations today, at this very accessible location off the M1 in South Yorkshire, and to provide clean fuel for the fuel cell electric vehicles that are now available from the auto OEMs. Following the strategic forecourt siting agreement last week with Shell, this station will provide important reference for demystifying the ability to utilise renewable a energy supply for its efficient conversion to clean fuel for clean transport. That is enabled by ITM’s rapid response PEM electrolyser platform and the super impressive performance of fuel cell electric cars.”
The project, funded by InnovateUK, was introduced at a launch celebration supported by Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda who displayed their fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).
Jon Hunt, Manager of Toyota and Lexus Fleet Marketing, commented, “Toyota are delighted to congratulate and join ITM Power at the opening of the new M1 refueling station, a project that will support the October launch into the UK of our new Mirai, the world’s first dedicated mass produced hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle.”
Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai Motor UK CEO, said, “It is very encouraging indeed that the UK’s hydrogen filling station infrastructure is developing. We welcome this ultra-green new site in the north of England, which will serve a very large area and is clearly one of the most advanced sites ever constructed. Hydrogen-powered cars are the future and Hyundai is a leader in the field. This new self-sufficient filling station is exactly what’s needed.”