Coventry University has announced its decision to commission an award-winning Series 100 hydrogen fuelling station from leading provider Air Products.
Coventry University’s decision to house a hydrogen fuelling station on campus, makes it part of a cluster of Air Products’ stations dominating the region.
Joining the Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough, Coventry adds to the Midlands Hydrogen Ring of fuelling facilities that will form the heart of planned UK hydrogen fuelling infrastructure spanning the country.
Air Products, the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen fuelling stations, is expected to install their Series 100 fuelling station at the University in March.
The station will be used as part of the Government’s Technology Strategy Board and Advantage West Midlands funded CABLED project – Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrators- which will see 110 low carbon vehicles operating between locations.
Ian Williamson, Hydrogen Energy Systems Director at Air Products Europe said,“We are delighted that Coventry University chose Air Products to install its hydrogen fuelling station and strengthen the Midlands Hydrogen Ring.”
“Creating a link of refuelling points strategically placed around the Midlands is a vital first step as the UK moves closer to a hydrogen economy. As investment in fuelling infrastructure continues to grow along with car manufacturer’s continued investment in hydrogen vehicle development, a significant reduction in carbon emissions through a hydrogen economy is not too far away.”
John Latham, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Business Development at Coventry University commented, $quot;For 25 years Coventry University has supplied the automotive industry with world class graduates, research, training and facilities. The installation of the Air products hydrogen fuelling station and the provision of hydrogen vehicles from our spin out company, Microcab, underlines the University’s commitment to provide state-of-the-art expertise to the automotive industry. The hydrogen vehicle and fuelling infrastructure is concurrent with the University's plans for continued significant investment in low emissions related automotive research, education and facilities.$quot;
Welcoming the announcement, Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South said,“This is good news for Coventry University and is yet another example of their commitment to research and development. This partnership is very exciting. The West Midlands is known throughout the country for its innovation and high skill level. We need to ensure that we remain at the forefront of research and development by encouraging the development of low carbon infrastructure.”
“The development of the low carbon economy in the West Midlands will also help create new jobs and develop new manufacturing technologies. This is crucial to helping businesses and families recover from the recession.”