ITM Power has announced that it has been granted full planning permission from South Bucks District Council to construct a hydrogen (H2) refuelling station (HRS) at the Shell filling station, Beaconsfield.

The station, located at the the Extra motorway services in Beaconsfield at junction 2, will be the first HRS in the UK to be integrated into the existing fuel forecourt, with the H2 dispenser located under the main fuel forecourt canopy.

The station will be deployed as part of the H2ME project and the OLEV HRS Infrastructure Grants Scheme and is co-funded by the FCH JU and the UK government.

ITM Power has previously been granted planning permission to construct HRSs at the Shell filling station at Gatwick, together with the Extra motorway service area Shell filling stations off the M25 at Cobham and A14 (M11) Cambridge. This makes a total of four consented forecourt sites and the current agreement with Shell is to build at three of these locations.

Commissioning of the HRS at Cobham is now underway following delivery of the electrolyser and buffer tank to the site earlier this week. The HRS will open to the public in early 2017.

Jane Lindsay-Green, Shell UK Retail Future Fuels Manager, said, “We are pleased that Shell Beaconsfield received planning permission and are excited about the addition of H2 to the Shell UK network. It is another example of Shell’s commitment to providing low carbon fuels for the future and we hope will provide further encouragement to other stakeholders to support and invest in H2. Shell’s experience from partnerships in Germany and the US shows vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers and governments need to work together for H2 mobility to succeed.”

ITM Power has also just signed a sales contract for the supply of a 1.25 MW, 50-bar electrolyser unit. The unit will be deployed at an ethylene production plant. The purchaser of the equipment is a major engineering procurement construction (EPC) contractor.