ITM Power and CEME to develop new hydrogen fuel station in East London
A new hydrogen fuel station is set to open in East London per a new deal between ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, and the Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME). The new station will make hydrogen fuel more accessible, but there are a very limited number of fuel cell vehicles currently available in the United Kingdom. In October of last year, Toyota began delivering its first fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, to Transport for London. The agency has been using these vehicles for various transportation purposes since then.
Hydrogen fuel station to be open to the public in the summer of this year
The new hydrogen fuel station is expected to be fully operational by summer. The station will be open to the public, providing those with fuel cell vehicles the ability to acquire the hydrogen fuel they need. The station will be part of a larger hub, which will have training and research facilities in order to study the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells and fueling technologies. This will be the second of three similar stations that are being built with the aid of ITM Power.
HyFIVE project aims to establish a hydrogen infrastructure
ITM Power is part of the HyFIVE project, which aims to expand the use of hydrogen fuel throughout the United Kingdom. The project has received more than $30 million in funding from the European Union and has begun to focus on the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. This infrastructure is needed in order to support the continued growth of the clean transportation sector, especially as more automakers begin showing favor for fuel cell vehicles.
Station will produce hydrogen fuel through the use of solar energy
The new station will make use of solar energy systems owned by CEME to produce hydrogen fuel. ITM Power notes that the solar energy is, basically, being stored as hydrogen, as this serves as a form of chemical storage. Renewable hydrogen fuel production is becoming a priority for companies interested in developing a comprehensive infrastructure, as conventional methods of producing hydrogen are heavily reliant on fossil-fuels.