Hydrogen infrastructure expands into Yorkshire

Drivers who are looking at buying a hydrogen powered fuel-cell car now have the option of filling up at a green fuel station in the north.

With Hyundai's ix35 Fuel Cell on sale and the Toyota Mirai due in October, the need for a hydrogen refuelling network is becoming increasingly important. Opened by ITM Power at The Advanced Manufacturing Park, just off the M1 near Sheffield, the new station joins those in Hendon, Heathrow and Swindon as part of the government's £6.6 million hydrogen infrastructure investment project. Two more stations are already planned to open in Greater London, along with a mobile refuelling station for the south of England and upgrades to existing sites in Swindon, Wales and London.

The refuelling station in South Yorkshire is self-sufficient too, using an on-site wind turbine with its own water supply to produce its own hydrogen, negating the need for deliveries of fuel like those of petrol stations. There is also a fuel cell stack on site that runs off the station's hydrogen, which can provide a back-up power supply for near-by buildings.

The site is open now and is capable of producing 80kg of hydrogen a day, enough for 16 fuel cell cars per 24 hours.

Jon Hunt, Toyota and Lexus Fleet marketing manager, said: "Toyota are delighted to congratulate and join ITM Power at the opening of the new M1 refuelling station. A project that will support the October launch into the UK of our new Mirai, the world's first dedicated mass produced hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle"

Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai Motor UK CEO, commented, "It is very encouraging indeed that the UK's hydrogen filling station infrastructure is continually developing. We welcome this ultra-green new site in the north of England, which will serve a very large area and is clearly one of the most advanced sites ever constructed. Hydrogen-powered cars are the future and Hyundai is the leader in the field. This new self-sufficient filling station is exactly what's needed."

Dr Graham Cooley, ITM's chief executive, said: "We are extremely pleased to be launching the first of the company's hydrogen refuelling stations today, at this very accessible location off the M1 in South Yorkshire, and to provide clean fuel for the fuel cell electric vehicles that are now available from the auto OEMs."

"Following the strategic forecourt siting agreement last week with Shell, this station will provide important reference for demystifying the ability to utilise renewable energy supply for its efficient conversion to clean fuel for clean transport emissions."

On Thursday 10th September, ITM Power announced a deal with Shell to provide three hydrogen filling stations at the company's petrol stations - the first to be installed on existing forecourts in the UK. The agreement comes after ITM was awarded £1.89 million by the Office for Low Emisison Vehicles to invest in new hydrogen refuelling stations.

Visit Next Green Car's hydrogen fuel cell page for more information on the technology.

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:17th Sep 2015

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