ITM Power launches 1st hydrogen refuelling station in London
The maiden hydrogen refuelling station is at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, west London and was opened on Tuesday by transport minister Andrew Jones.
Located close to the A316 and A308 trunk roads, the Teddington site is available for commercial and private fleets operating fuel cell electric vehicles.
Carmakers Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Renault partner Symbio FCell have all provided support for the launch, which is the first of three UK stations to be deployed as part of the pan European HyFive project, which was funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the UK Government Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The second HyFive station will be located at the Centre of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence situated on the A13 in Rainham, close to both Canary Wharf and the M25, with the third having gained planning permission to open on a Shell forecourt. Both stations will be open to the public in summer 2016.
To date, ITM Power has had 16 UK hydrogen refuelling station planning applications approved from 10 different local authorities.
The Department for Transport is spending £5m OLEV cash on helping open 12 hydrogen stations this year, some under the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) scheme, part of an effort to make it easier for more drivers to switch to this super-clean technology.
Hydrogen powered vehicles emit no emissions from the exhaust pipe, just water vapour, and have a comparable driving range, speed and refuelling time to normal cars. ■