Hydrogen London partners, Element Energy recently published a best practice guide on the installation of accessible hydrogen refuelling stations based on lessons learnt through the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project. The guide is aimed at organisations involved in the installation of hydrogen refuelling stations, particularly in the UK. The concise document summarises the typical process for installing new hydrogen refuelling stations, considers the challenges faced at each stage, and provides practical recommendations and checklists for station installers. It concludes with a summary of some of the areas with scope for improvement / further development as the sector expands.
The LHNE project has been running since January 2013 and led to the installation of the UK’s first publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling station alongside an existing forecourt. The station is installed at a Sainsbury’s supermarket site in Hendon, north-west London. This multi-partner project is being supported by the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK and has also seen the deployment of four fuel cell cars and a fleet of six hydrogen-fuelled Transit vans operating in the London area.