Hydrogen London Member, ITM Power has been awarded a total of £2.89m by the Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The award is to build two new HRS in London, sited with strategic partners and for the upgrading of four existing refuelling stations.
The award means that London will have a total of five HRS by the end of this year deployed by ITM Power, alongside the 3 existing stations from Air Products. On top of that, these stations manufacture hydrogen on site, rather than relying on deliveries – creating a clean and sustainable source of hydrogen fuel.
New London Refuelling Stations
£1.89m has been awarded to ITM and its partners to invest in two new HRS in London at strategic locations suitable for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) roll-out. Both HRS will incorporate on-site hydrogen generation using the company’s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser platform.
ITM will be working closely with OEM FCEV providers to determine the best locations for siting. The project also benefits from additional financial support of £1.7m which is being contributed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to provide support for the operation of these stations in the early years. This support is in its final stages of negotiation.
One of the new stations will be built on the forecourt of a major global fuel retailer. ITM Power has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the retailer to build initially up to three HRS in London and will be seeking funding support for at least one more station. The MoU also allows for further development of the collaboration in the UK.
The OLEV HRS Infrastructure Grants Scheme
The strategic rationale for the funding from OLEV was established by the UKH2Mobility project of which ITM was a founder member. The project envisages 65 stations being deployed in the UK by 2020. The stations installed by ITM and the other station investors under this OLEV programme are the first to be deployed under that strategy.
This award comes from the first stage in the rollout of HRS resulting from the UKH2Mobility initiative. The scheme was recently announced by OLEV with £7.5m total funding – £2m available for FCEV, £2m for HRS upgrades and £3.5m for new HRS.
The electrolyser build programme will proceed in parallel with functional and compliance testing due to take place in Q2 of 2015 ahead of commissioning in Q3 of 2015. The build programme will benefit from ITM’s expanded testing facilities which enable multiple units to undergo factory acceptance testing simultaneously.