Sheffield-based energy firm secures deal to deliver UK’s first-ever hydrogen refuelling stations

ITM Power's Hydrogen Fuel Station.
ITM Power's Hydrogen Fuel Station.
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A Sheffield-based energy company has secured a deal to deliver the UK’s first hydrogen refuelling stations on three Shell forecourts.

ITM Power, which specialises in energy storage and producing clean fuel, signed an agreement with the energy giant to deploy three HRS - which are the first to be delivered onto UK forecourts.

The company was awarded £1.89m in March by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to invest in two new HRS in London at strategic locations suitable for fuel cell electric vehicles. Both HRS will incorporate on-site hydrogen generation using the company’s PEM HGas electrolyser platform.

Additional financial support of £1.7m is being contributed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking to provide support for the operation of these stations in the early years.

Following the agreement with Shell, at least one and possibly two, of the HRS will be built under the OLEV scheme.

Dr Graham Cooley, chief executive officer of ITM Power, said: “This agreement and the OLEV funding for these new refuelling stations in the south east is an important step in developing hydrogen mobility in the UK.

“These HRS deployments will be the first to be fully integrated on fuel forecourts.”

In addition, ITM Power is launching its M1 hydrogen refuelling station, funded by Innovate UK, at the Advanced Manufacturing Park on Thursday, September 17.

The event will include presentations from automotive companies, who will be providing an update on their latest plans for fuel cell vehicle roll out in the UK. The station will then be officially opened and there will be a chance to drive the latest fuel cell vehicles from Honda, Hyundai and Toyota.