Air Products receives grant to enhance the user experience at hydrogen fuelling stations

Air Products has announced that two of its projects have successfully been awarded funding from the Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles’ (OLEV).

The funding will be used to upgrade two of the company’s existing stations in London and will enhance the user experience. These developments reflect continued momentum towards an established hydrogen transport network in the UK.

Diana Raine, Air Products’ European Hydrogen Energy Business Manager said “Having already achieved the necessary technical and operational standards, improving the user experience is the natural next step,”

“Working in consultation with car manufacturers such as Hyundai and Toyota, we will use the funding provided by OLEV to introduce enhancements to our Heathrow and Hendon fuelling stations aimed at encouraging commercial and public adoption of hydrogen transport.”

Air Products successfully operates the country’s first network of publicly accessible hydrogen stations and these dispensers regularly supply fuel to hydrogen passenger cars such as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, vans and taxis delivered through projects supported by the FCHJU and Innovate UK.

Matt Gorman, Sustainability & Environment Director for Heathrow commented that “Heathrow is proud to host the Air Products SmartFuel station at the airport. We’re pleased to be playing our part in improving local air quality, reducing carbon emissions, and being a better neighbour. By implementing a variety of innovative technologies and solutions, our airport has successfully reduced NOx emissions from the airport by 16%.”

“Hyundai Motor UK have for some time been using the Air Products SmartFuel Stations” added Robin Hayles, Sustainable Fuel Development Manager for Hyundai Motor UK Ltd. “These stations have not only supported the first few of our ix35 Fuel Cell customers but have also allowed us to demonstrate the real world viability of this technology to other potential customers. We are pleased that Air Products have been awarded OLEV funding to enhance the customer experience , since this will further demonstrate that hydrogen transport is no longer a future vision but is already a realistic alternative to traditional vehicle technologies.”