First London HyFive hydrogen refuelling station launches
The station is accessible to commercial and private fleets and the first of three UK stations to be deployed as part of the pan-European HyFive project, which was funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the UK Government Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
It features ITM Power's electrolyser technology, which means it can produce hydrogen on-site using renewable energy. Working with BOC Linde, the company has plans to open a further seven electrolyser-based hydrogen stations across London, four of which will be operational by the end of this year.
The launch was was supported by Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Renault partner Symbio FCell, which makes hydrogen fuel cell range-extenders for electric vehicles. Speaking at the event, Mr Jones MP, who also announced today a £2m government fund to support the roll-out of hydrogen vehicles in public and private sector fleets, said: “We are committed to making all cars and vans zero-emission by 2050, and hydrogen vehicles have a huge role to play in delivering cleaner, greener journeys.
“The new refuelling station at Teddington is just one of 12 stations opening up this year, backed by £5 million of government funding, that will make it easier for more people to switch to this exciting new technology.”
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, added: “We are extremely pleased to have launched the first of the company’s HyFive hydrogen refuelling stations in London providing clean fuel for a range of fuel cell electric vehicle types that are now available from the auto OEMs. ITM Power are grateful for the co-operation of our HyFive partners and for the funding support of FCH JU and OLEV.”