Two UK-based businesses, BOC and ITM Power, have teamed up to provide infrastructure for ITM Power’s new electrolyser-based hydrogen (H2) refuelling stations for passenger cars.

BOC, the UK’s largest supplier of industrial gases, has signed an agreement with the clean fuel company to build a network of H2 fuelling stations throughout the country, in what Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, described as a “world class offering.”

The member of The Linde Group will source and install the appropriate Linde technology, including H2 compressors and dispensers, at ITM Power’s new H2 refuelling station locations based on the latter’s electrolyser technology. 

Extensive backgrounds

Both companies already have extensive backgrounds in this field. BOC’s Aberdeen H2 production and bus refuelling station supports Europe’s largest fleet of H2 fuel cell buses. The facility features Linde’s IC-90 iconic compressors and dispensed over 35,000kg of H2 to the fleet in its first year. Tier One player, Linde, has delivered over 100 H2 refuelling stations around the world.

Additionally, ITM Power has plans and funding underway to rollout eight refuelling stations in and around London, having already opened one up north in Rotheram. The first of these stations is set to open next month, with a further four to open before the end of 2016 on publicly accessible forecourts.

Together with ITM Power we are able to make hydrogen a reliable and accessible clean fuel for future mobility

This contract aims to build upon the existing partnership between the two UK-based businesses.

Dr Hamish Nichol, Innovation Manager for Hydrogen at BOC, commented, “It is really exciting to be working with ITM Power to help them deliver their ambitious programme of hydrogen stations…Together with ITM Power we are able to make hydrogen a reliable and accessible clean fuel for future mobility.”

Cooley reinforced, “We are delighted to be working with BOC who have a significant leading role in the UK, delivering onsite solutions for industrial and fuel gases. Onsite integrated H2 refuelling solutions utilising the leading edge technology of ITM Power and BOC is a world class offering.”