Designs unveiled for HGV hydrogen filling stations in UK

Energy storage company ITM Power is to unveil a series of designs for large scale hydrogen stations, each capable of producing up to 20 tonnes of the fuel per day.

Last month, ITM signed a deal with Honda UK, whereby the car-maker will purchase hydrogen at £10/kg.

The contract covers fuel dispensed across ITM Power’s hydrogen refuelling network, which is being partly funded by the government’s Innovate UK agency as well as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

ITM Power already has similar agreements in place with 16 other organisations, including Toyota, Hyundai, Johnson Matthey, JCB and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The designs, which will be launched at the Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America exhibition in Las Vegas in September, are based around electrolyser configurations of up to 50MW in size.

Graham Cooley, the chief executive of ITM Power, said: "These new refuelling station designs are being launched in response to a dramatic increase in the number of enquiries for refuelling heavy logistics vehicles at large scale as the viability of hydrogen power continues to gather scale and momentum across a growing number of industrial applications.

"ITM Power is delighted to be in a prime position to support these important transportation sectors as they plan their transition to a greener vehicle fleet to reduce emissions. Air quality and fossil fuel emissions is now a high priority for governments worldwide."

ITM currently has £23.5m of projects under contract and £16.7m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation, totalling £40.2m.

Image: Fuelling up a hydrogen car at Nottingham University (ITM Power)

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  1. This is great at last Honda have come to the front with their alternative to electric.
    This has been on the shelf for a few years, first reported in Top Gear.
    And the best thing is that we will be able to fill up in a way we are all happy with.
    I for one was worried about the distance that was possible on an electric car as I travel long distances in one go.
    What exciting times we live in, who said innovation was stagenant unless you are in IT, think again

  2. It is said it is expensive. However ,surely that can only relate to the equivalent miles to the gallon within a specific size range of modern cars using hydrogen as compared with petrol powered! In addition the absence of carbon build up alone would be a major incentive to switch to this non-polluting and clean engine alternative!

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