Major step taken by UK hydrogen economy


The UK’s hydrogen transport system took an important step forward today with the opening of the country’s first supermarket hosted hydrogen station.

Kick-starting a public hydrogen refuelling network in London, the flagship SmartFuel® dispenser is hosted by Sainsbury’s, one of the UK’s largest grocers, at its Hendon store.

Owned and operated by Air Products, this latest addition strengthens an existing network of hydrogen stations operating in the Capital, including a newly upgraded, publicly accessible dispenser at Heathrow. Together these stations continually meet demand from a burgeoning number of hydrogen-powered fleets ranging from taxis to delivery vans operated by Commercial Group, and a number of Hyundai ix35 fuel cell cars.

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said, “Hydrogen cars present us with a huge potential economic opportunity and can bolster our internationally renowned automotive industry. We want to make the UK one of the best places in the world to design, manufacture and sell ultra-low emission vehicles but we need the right infrastructure in place.”

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