Wednesday, April 1, 2015

News: ITM powers ahead on the AMP

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The pioneering hydrogen station being put in place on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham will power new vehicles running on the cleanest hydrogen fuel available.

ITM Power, the Sheffield-based energy storage and clean fuel company, took delivery of one of only six UK-bound Hyundai ix35s last year, as they are building innovative hydrogen refuelling stations across the country.

The vehicle refueller for the region's Hyundai will be located on the AMP where the hydrogen station will form a Hydrogen Mini Grid (HMG) facility consisting of a 225kW wind turbine and an ITM Power electrolyser and 220kg of hydrogen storage, enough to refuel 40 fuel cell vehicles. This approach allows the hydrogen to be produced on site, from just electricity and water, resulting in the Hyundai ix35 vehicle running on the cleanest hydrogen fuel available.

The ITM Power led Island Hydrogen project, formerly known as EcoIsland and supported by Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, has built and is commissioning a 350 bar Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS). The site is off the M1 close to the junction with the M18 and will be an important part of the UK hydrogen infrastructure roll out.

Pictures showed the station on the move from ITM's Attercliffe base and installed on the AMP. The HRS is expected to open to hydrogen vehicle users in Q2 2015.

This project represents the first deployment in the UK of ITM's standardised HGas180 platform, capable of generating 80kg of hydrogen per day. The first such unit was recently deployed for a Power-to-Gas application in Germany, operated by RWE. Three identical units are now under construction for deployment in London as part of the HyFive project. The company now has a number of repeat builds of its standard products allowing several manufacturing efficiencies to be achieved. The HGas180 is the template for further refuelling station deployments in both the UK and the US.

Created as part of the HyFive project, the Rotherham station will now be upgraded from 350 to 700 bar refuelling capability after ITM Power was awarded £1m for upgrades to four existing stations.

To support the desire for the Waverley site to be at the forefront of ultra-low carbon vehicle technologies, Rotherham Council is leading on a £100,000 project to secure one of the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFC-EV) manufactured by Hyundai. The vehicle will be made available to a range of organisations across South Yorkshire over a period of four years to demonstrate the applicability of the technology across as wide a variety of applications as possible. During this period it is hoped that the market price of HFC-EVs will decrease as production volumes increase and hydrogen fuel becomes more widely available.

ITM Power website

Images: ITM Power / twitter

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