Specialist energy consultancy TNEI’s Environment and Consents team has achieved another successful planning consent for a hydrogen (H2) car refuelling station, this time in Abergavenny in Wales.

Riversimple, a car manufacturer of H2-powered fuel cell electric vehicles based in Wales, approached TNEI to assist with the planning and environmental inputs to install and operate a H2 refuelling station designed specifically for their bespoke H2 fuelled car – the Rasa. As a leading consultant in delivering environmental and planning advice for H2 refuelling stations, TNEI guided Riversimple through the site feasibility, site design and planning application production process.

Sites across the town of Abergavenny were considered and their feasibility assessed for the development of a H2 station. The bus station site was found to be the most appropriate given land availability and its strategic location adjacent to the A40 (a major thoroughfare in Abergavenny).

Chartered Town Planner, Liz Russell of TNEI said, “Given the location of this project in a public bus station we encountered different challenges with the design of this site in terms of health and safety. It is great to see our careful work has paid off and resulted in a consented project. I hope to see more refuelling stations being rolled out across Wales in the coming years to support Riversimple’s growing car industry – these are exciting times for the H2 economy!”

TNEI is working to deliver low carbon transport projects across various stages, including planning, consenting, forecasting and comprehensive studies. Vehicle transportation has a severe impact on global climate change and TNEI aims to assist on projects which find sustainable and viable solutions to accelerate the UK’s move towards a low carbon economy.