Friday, September 23, 2016

News: ITM ups the pressure at Rotherham hydrogen fuel station

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A pioneering hydrogen refuelling station on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the first of its kind in the UK, has been upgraded.

ITM Power, the Sheffield-based energy storage and clean fuel company, has completed a 700 bar upgrade to the system that is used as a showcase for its world-class hydrogen generation equipment and to provide retail hydrogen fuel services.

Originally funded by Innovate UK, the hydrogen refuelling station is located at the Hydrogen Mini Grid at the AMP. It consists of a 225kW wind turbine coupled directly to an electrolyser, 220kg of hydrogen storage, a hydrogen dispensing unit and a 30kW fuel cell system capable of providing backup power generation for nearby buildings.

It is one of only a handful of places in the UK where pioneering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can be refuelled and is unique in that the energy stored in the grid is created by wind power, which means that the vehicles it powers will not contribute to carbon dioxide emissions.

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Further funding from the UK Government, Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), has seen ITM upgrade the original 350 bar dispenser to a new BOC/Linde system capable of dispensing hydrogen at both 700 and 350 bar. The higher pressure of 700 bar satisfies the requirements of a broader range of vehicles and enables fuel cell electric vehicles such at the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai ix35 to achieve their full driving range of over 300 miles.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO at ITM Power, said: "The M1 hydrogen refuelling station is a flagship green hydrogen station which has an important strategic role serving the Northern M1 corridor. This important upgrade strengthens our developing portfolio of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and forms an important part of the UKs hydrogen roll out."

ITM took delivery of one of only six UK-bound Hyundai ix35s in 2014. Its Fuel Cell emits only water from its exhaust and is fitted with a 100 kW (136 ps) electric motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 99mph with a 0-to-62mph time of 12.5 seconds. A pair of hydrogen tanks, located between the vehicle's rear wheels, gives it a range of 369 miles, meaning that a round trip to London would require just one refuelling.

ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. The company received £4.9m as a strategic investment from JCB in March 2015; signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell in September 2015 and a fuel agreement with Toyota in October 2015.

ITM Power website

Images: ITM Power


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