ITM Power has been awarded a total of £2.89m 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, sited with strategic partners and for the upgrading of four existing ITM Power refuelling stations.
New London refuelling stations
Of the £2.89m awarded, £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
ITM Power has also been awarded £1m for upgrades to four existing HRS. This includes the three in London under development as part of the HyFive project and one in Rotherham, just off the M1 at junction 33. The latter will be upgraded from 350 to 700 bar refuelling capability. This strategic refuelling location will allow FCEV users to travel between London and the North of England.
M1 J33 Sheffield station update
The ITM Power led Island Hydrogen project, formerly known as EcoIsland and supported by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, has built and is commissioning a 350 bar HRS. The HRS will be located at the Hydrogen Mini Grid at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The site is off the M1 close to the junction with the M18 and will be an important part of the UK hydrogen infrastructure roll out. Planning permission for the site has been granted, ground works have been completed and commissioning of the plant is progressing well. The HRS will open to hydrogen vehicle users in Q2 2015.
This project represents the first deployment in the UK of the Company’s standardised HGas180 platform, capable of generating 80kg of hydrogen per day. The first such unit was recently deployed for a Power-to-Gas application in Germany, operated by RWE. Three identical units are now under construction for deployment in London as part of the HyFive project. The company now has a number of repeat builds of its standard products allowing several manufacturing efficiencies to be achieved. The HGas180 is the template for further refuelling station deployments in both the UK and the US.
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.