Tuesday, July 30, 2013

News: ITM to take on Rotherham's pioneering Hydrogen energy system


ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, is set to become the operator of the pioneering Hydrogen Mini Grid System (HMGS) in Rotherham.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the system is a unique UK asset that uses wind power converted into hydrogen gas for energy. It consists of a 225kW wind turbine coupled directly to an electrolyser, 200kg of hydrogen storage and a hydrogen dispensing unit as well as a 30kW fuel cell system for back up power generation for nearby commercial buildings.

TNEI Services Ltd and the Pure Energy Centre were awarded the £2.3m project from Yorkshire Forward to create the hydrogen mini-grid in 2008. It is the largest wind-to-hydrogen power system in the UK and the biggest single store of "green" hydrogen in the UK. The ownership transferred to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), who have now named ITM Power as the preferred bidder following a competitive tender.

Sheffield-based ITM Power designs and manufactures hydrogen energy systems for energy storage and clean fuel production.

The facility, which first produced hydrogen in 2009, will be upgraded as a showcase for ITM Power's world-class equipment and used to provide retail hydrogen fuel services within the Sheffield City Region. The HMGS will also serve to develop ITM Power's modular commercial platform for hydrogen generation systems, power to gas and refuelling solutions. Particular focus will be on the national hydrogen mobility initiatives being undertaken in countries around the world.

Subject to final contract ITM Power will sign a five year lease on the site and will work in collaboration with local authorities, businesses, Sheffield University, DeMontfort University and UPS Systems to provide retail fuel services for a range of low carbon vehicles and provide educational material for the hydrogen sector.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said: "We are delighted to have been selected as the operator for the HMGS in Rotherham. The site has huge potential and ITM Power is perfectly positioned to realise this potential with our unique technology. Together with our partners, we will be able to use the site as a retail hydrogen fuel station for the area and it will provide a repeatable blueprint for similar systems to be deployed around the world."

ITM Power website

Images: Aedas Architects


Anonymous,  July 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM  

What fabulous technology. I had no idea we had wind-to-hydrogen systems in the UK, never mind in Rotherham.The A.M.P.is rapidly becoming the centre of the world.

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