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ITM Power launches UK’s first public hydrogen fuel station

The launch is being supported by Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda
ITM Power launches UK’s first public hydrogen refuelling station
The M1 station hosts a wind turbine, an electrolyser and hydrogen storage


ITM Power (LON:ITM) is today launching the first public access hydrogen refuelling station, just off the M1 in South Yorkshire.

It is the first station of its kind in the United Kingdom. The station, which is supported by Innovate UK, has also been upgraded to showcase ITM’s hydrogen generation equipment. And it will provide retail hydrogen fuel services.

This launch comes after last week’s breakthrough announcement that ITM is to site three hydrogen refuelling stations on Shell forecourts in London.

The M1 station is located at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, near Sheffield, and the launch is being supported by Hyundai, Toyota, and Honda which will be displaying their fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

Specifically, the event will showcase the Hyundai Ix35, the Toyota Mirai, the Honda FCX Clarity and a British Microcab.

Dr Graham Cooley, ITM’s chief executive, said: "We are extremely pleased to be launching the first of the company's hydrogen refuelling 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 energy supply for its efficient conversion to clean fuel for clean transport emissions.”

ITM Power’s electrolyser technology converts excess electricity into hydrogen.

Unlike conventional fuel powered vehicles, FCEVs only expel a mixture of water vapour and air. The latest vehicle models can run for hundreds of miles and be re-fuelled in minutes.

Separately, ITM has revealed today that it has signed an agreement for another new refuelling station, at the he Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) site in Rainham.

The location on the A13 is ideal, as the road is one of the main East London arterial roads between London City Airport and the M25.

Significantly, the CEME station will be powered by solar energy. It will be hooked into an existing system at CEME, which has one of the largest arrays of photo voltaics in the country – with 717 panels, designed to supply 115kws of capacity.

It is anticipated that the station will open to the public in the second quarter of 2016.

It is part of the HyFive project, which ITM describes as a pioneering £31 million project involving leading motor manufacturers, hydrogen fuel suppliers, the Mayor of London's Office and energy consultancies.

The M1 station, meanwhile, hosts a 225kW wind turbine, an electrolyser, a 220kg of hydrogen storage facility and a 30kW fuel cell system which can provide back-up power for nearby buildings.

"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,” said Tony Whitehorn, chief executive of Hyundai Motor UK.

“This new self-sufficient filling station is exactly what's needed."

Jon Hunt, of Toyota & Lexus Fleet Marketing, meanwhile, said: “Toyota is delighted to congratulate and join ITM Power at the opening of the new M1 refuelling 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."

Thomas Brachmann, of Honda Motor Europe, added: “As a company Honda has  been at the forefront of the introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles, and we are enthusiastic to see refuelling infrastructure being deployed that especially includes on-site production of hydrogen from renewable sources of energy."

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