New hydrogen refueling station opens in south Yorkshire
18 September 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
ITM Power has opened its first publicly-accessible hydrogen refueling station in south Yorkshire, close to junction 33 of the M1.
The new hydrogen refueling point is part of the Government's £6.6m hydrogen infrastructure investment strategy which will also see two new stations in the London area, a mobile refueling station for the south of England and upgrades to existing units.
The site consists of a 225kW wind turbine coupled to an electrolyser, 220kg of hydrogen storage space and a hydrogen-dispensing unit. Around 80kg of hydrogen will be produced a day, which will be enough to refill 16 fuel cell cars every 24 hours.
The station is currently offering hydrogen at 350bar, but it will be upgraded in 2016 to provide fuel at 700bar thanks to funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, which will provide fuel-cell vehicles with a range of between 350 and 400 miles.
ITM Power also announced it has signed a partnership with fuel giant Shell to place hydrogen refueling points onto three Shell forecourts in the UK.
Earlier this year, the firm was awarded £1.89m by OLEV to invest in two stations in the London area. One or two Shell stations will be built using the Government grant.