ITM Power, a Sheffield-based UK energy storage and clean fuel company, has been awarded a total of £2.89m (USD 4.3m) by the Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The award is to build two new HRS in London and upgrade four existing ITM Power refuelling stations.
New London Refuelling Stations
£1.89m has been awarded to ITM Power and its partners to invest in two new HRS in London at strategic locations suitable for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) roll-out. Both HRS will incorporate on-site hydrogen generation using the Company’s PEM HGas electrolyser platform. ITM Power will be working closely with OEM FCEV providers to determine the best locations for siting. The project also benefits from additional financial support of £1.7m which is being contributed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to provide support for the operation of these stations in the early years. This support is in its final stages of negotiation.
One of the new stations will be built on the forecourt of a major global fuel retailer. ITM Power has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the retailer to build initially up to three HRS in London and will be seeking funding support for at least one more station. The MoU also allows for further development of the collaboration in the UK.
Refuelling Station Upgrades
The HRS upgrades includes three in London under development as part of the HyFive project and one in Rotherham, just off the M1 at junction 33. Each will include both on-site electrolyser systems and 700 bar refuelling capacity. The Rotherham refuelling location will allow FCEV users to travel between London and the North of England.
The OLEV HRS Infrastructure Grants Scheme
The strategic rationale for the funding from OLEV was established by the UKH2Mobility project of which ITM Power was a founder member. The project envisages 65 stations being deployed in the UK by 2020.
This award comes from the first stage in the rollout of HRS resulting from the UKH2Mobility initiative. The scheme was recently announced by OLEV with £7.5m total funding – £2m available for FCEV, £2m for HRS upgrades and £3.5m for new HRS.
FCEV roll out in the UK
The first Hyundai ix35 FCEVs, funded under the HyFive London Cluster, are now deployed in the UK with further roll out expected as the infrastructure provision develops. Toyota has launched the Mirai FCEV and will begin to sell this in Europe in mid-2015.
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, commented: “The funding for these new refuelling stations in London, coupled with partnering a major global fuel retailer are both important steps in the roll out of Hydrogen mobility in the UK. By the beginning of 2016 ITM Power will own and operate six HRS in the UK, centred on London.”
(Source: ITM Power)