ITM Power has signed a fuel contract to supply hydrogen (H2) to the Metropolitan Police as part of a multimillion pound government boost which will deliver the largest expansion of H2 refuelling infrastructure ever undertaken in the UK.
Last month, the UK-based firm announced it will receive £4.3m out of a total £8.8m OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) funding to build four new H2 refuelling stations and to upgrade five existing H2 stations which will increase capacity to support a larger fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The funding will also support the roll out of 200 new FCEVs over the next 12 months.
The project includes FCEVs being procured by emergency services such as the Metropolitan Police, based in Greater London.
The Metropolitan Police, alongside London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, is committed to making their service as environmentally friendly as possible and a big part of that work is ensuring its fleet is green.
Since late 2015, the Met has been actively exploring ways to hybridise and electrify its fleet as well as exploring other new technologies such as H2. This is enabling the Met to make great strides towards its ambition of procuring 550 vehicles as zero or ultra-low emission by 2020.
Jiggs Bharij, the Metropolitan Police’s Head of Fleet Services, said, “We are working closely with ITM Power to roll out our new fleet of zero emission vehicles. The quick refuelling time, comparable to that of a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle, and long driving range make Toyota’s H2 powered fuel cell electric vehicle an ideal zero emission response vehicle.”
Jon Hunt, Alternative Fuels Manager at Toyota GB, added, “The emergency services, taxi fleets, and other return to base vehicle operators are important early adopters of H2 technology which will help pave the way for more widespread adoption of FCEVs.”
ITM Power’s CEO, Dr. Graham Cooley, commented, “Establishing the infrastructure necessary to support these types of users is a first step in building out a national network of green hydrogen refuelling stations, which is an essential precursor to the large-scale adoption of FCEVs in the longer term. Working alongside our partners, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, we are now in a strong position to lead this large-scale adoption in the UK.”
Update on ITM Power’s H2 network
ITM Power currently has 12 wholly owned Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) assets in its UK portfolio. Five are open to the public and three are already under construction and due to open at the end of Q2 2018. Four further stations, now fully funded and in the planning stages, are due to open at the end of Q1 2019. These stations have been funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (the FCH JU), Innovate UK and the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
ITM Power’s HRS’s incorporate on-site H2 production via electrolysis together with compression, storage and dispensing equipment. The total H2 generation capacity (electrolyser capacity) of all these HRS’s when fully deployed will be 3,000 kg/day (3.0 Tonnes/day). The dispensing capacity will be deliberately oversized at 7,300 kg/day (7.3 Tonnes/day). This combined with the on-site H2 storage will support peak refuelling events often associated with rush hour traffic, and continued expansion in on-site production in step with continued vehicle roll out. This approach minimises initial HRS costs while optimizing refuelling logistics during busy periods.