The UK Government is to invest £3.1 million in a consortium headed by hydrogen power specialist ITM Power for the delivery of a hydrogen refuelling station and fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
The consortium received the funding from The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to develop the 0.5 megawatt refuelling station and 51 FCEVs. ITM Power is set to receive £1.8 million of this funding for the refuelling station.
“In another boost for the zero emission vehicle and automotive sector, winners of a £14 million competition to fund hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure projects have also been announced. The innovative technology these vehicles use has long range (300+ miles) and fast refuelling (3-5 minutes) capability, and will support the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge to place the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles,” a government spokesperson commmented.
The station is set be delivered in the next 12 months.
“We welcome the continued commitment by OLEV to the rollout of hydrogen infrastructure in the UK and are delighted to be able to announce a major new station in the south of England which both provides fuel for vehicles but also backup capacity for our whole network. Today’s announcement of our pipeline numbers reflects very positive progress over the last two months” Dr. Graham Cooley, ITM Power CEO, said.
Over the last eight weeks, ITM Power has won sales and project awards of £7.1m, bringing the contract backlog to a total of £35.7m, of which £23.2m is under contract and a further £12.5m is in the final stages of negotiation.
ITM Power (LON: ITM) is the leading developer of energy storage solutions utilising hydrogen and is owner of a handful of key patents in the field.