The UK’s first pay at pump hydrogen refuelling facilities are scheduled to open in London in the autumn.
In an update for investors, ITM Power, said HyFIVE, an EU funded project (with partners BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota), is to deploy three hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) in London.
Two sites have been identified and received planning permission. The first is at the National Physical Laboratory’s National Measurement Institute, in Teddington close to the A316 and A308. Civil engineering on the site is due to start this month with the site opening to the public in autumn this year.
The second site is at Imperial West, Imperial College London’s new campus in White City, a regeneration area close to the A40. The ground works are planned for August, enabling commissioning over the coming months, with the site also opening to the public in the autumn. Siting activities continue for the third HyFIVE site to complement the other two sites.
In its update ITM said: “All three sites will provide pay at pump hydrogen refuelling for the first time in the UK.”
H2ME, another EU project, will deploy a further two HRS in London and ITM Power said it has a global fuel retailer partner to provide these two sites. Public opening is planned for summer 2016.
The company said it would welcome approaches from land owners for a further four stations in London.
ITM Power said it was involved with the British Compressed Gases Association, the Energy Institute and the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration in the development of regulations and standards to facilitate hydrogen fuelling being co-located with petrol dispensing on forecourts.
Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power plc, commented: “ITM Power is building a valuable portfolio of refuelling stations in the UK centred on London, which will provide strong commercial experience in the manufacture, deployment and operation of hydrogen refuelling stations.”