As Wales seeks to establish its own hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, ITM Power has been enlisted to assist in this development with a £1m grant to establish a wholly owned subsidiary, ITM Motive, in the country.

The grant is awarded by the Welsh Government, which has also recently joined the UKH2Mobility project.

The Welsh Government is committed to a leading first mover role for Wales in the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

For ITM Power, the grant reflects a growing momentum and appetite for the deployment of its electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations at sites across Wales, to produce hydrogen fuel from renewable energy – including the planned M4 corridor project and a wider Welsh roll-out.

ITM Motive will initially establish a business development office in Cardiff. The ultimate intention is to establish a facility for assembly and after sales support in Wales. ITM Motive will work closely with the Baglan Hydrogen Energy Centre at the University of South Wales and Ynni Glan, the clean energy consultancy specialising in fuel cells, hydrogen, solar, wind and bioenergy, on the development of a Welsh hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Dr John Newton will head up ITM Motive as Managing Director, having previously been business development manager at ITM Power for nearly two years and successfully developing some of its largest UK projects.

The Welsh operation will complement ITM Power’s existing Sheffield facilities and its activity in Yorkshire, the Isle of Wight and other activities across the UK and internationally.