Clean fuel firm gains key US deal

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ITM Power, the Sheffield-based green energy specialist, has broken into the fork lift truck market after clinching a deal with US firm Infinitium Fuel Cell Systems.

Brightside Lane-based ITM has developed a range of electrolysers which generate hydrogen that can be used as a replacement for petroleum fuels or in hydrogen fuel cells to produce electricity.

ITM and Texas-based Infinitium joined forces earlier this year to stage a trial using fuel cell powered vehicles to move goods at a giant Marks & Spencer distribution centre.

Under the new deal, ITM becomes Infinitium’s European distributor of fuel cell systems for materials handling equipment and will be able to sell hydrogen generation technology to customers using Infintium fuel cell-powered vehicles.

Meanwhile, Infinitium will seek CE approval for its technology, which will allow it to be used in EU markets to power vehicles that include include airport baggage handling and utility vehicles as well as pallet and fork lift trucks.

ITM Power’s chief executive, Dr Graham Cooley, said: “This agreement means that the company can cater for customers who just want hydrogen as well as those who want a full turnkey system.

“It complements our existing product portfolio and takes us into a fast growing market.”

News of the US deal concides with an announcement that ITM Power has sold its first hydrogen generation system to EADS, the European aerospace and defence company, whose subsidiaries include Airbus and helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter.

EADS will use the system in the energy and propulsion laboratory at its research arm, Innovation Works.

Earlier this year, ITM announced a groundbreaking deal to supply Madrid-based researchers working for aerospace giant Boeing with a mobile refuelling system, producing hydrogen to fuel the next generation of unmanned aircraft.