The first publicly accessible hydrogen (H2) station in London was officially opened today, at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington.
The station, belonging to UK-based energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power, is the first of three facilities to be deployed in the UK as part of the pan European HyFive project, funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the UK Government Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
This newest development comes as a result of ITM Power and the UK’s leading industrial gas company, BOC, teaming up at the beginning of April this year. Under the agreement, the member of The Linde Group is contracted to 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. Both companies will work together to build a network of H2 refuelling stations throughout the country.
It is understood that commissioning teams from both ITM Power and the UK’s leading industrial gas company, BOC, will open a further four electrolyser-based refuelling stations in and around the city of London by the end of this year, with the initial Teddington location chosen due to its central setting and proximity to main trunk roads.
With ITM Power’s programme to extend the network of stations in and around London, clean emission journeys by public and private logistics organisations are now possible
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, enthused, “It’s very encouraging to see the infrastructure growing, making it even more feasible for businesses and consumers to own and run zero-emission fuel cell vehicles,” with Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio FCell, affirming, “With ITM Power’s programme to extend the network of stations in and around London, clean emission journeys by public and private logistics organisations are now possible.”
“This solution is today a real pollutant free alternative to the incumbent diesel powered vehicles, improving London air quality.”
Furthermore, Andrew Jones, Transport Minister at Department for Transport, today announced that the Government will donate £2m ($2.9m) to support the roll-out of H2 vehicles in both public and private sector fleets across the UK.
Jones revealed, “We are committed to making all cars and vans zero-emission by 2050, and H2 vehicles have a huge role to play in delivering cleaner, greener journeys. The new refuelling station at Teddington is just one of the twelve stations opening up this year, backed by £5m ($7.2m) of government funding, that will make it easier for more people to switch to this exciting technology.”