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The First Hydrogen Refuelling Station Opens in UK


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The First Hydrogen Refuelling Station Opens in UK

ITM Power opened the first UK refuelling station for hydrogen cars to the general public today at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington.

The aim of today’s launch (in collaboration with Toyota, Hyundai, Honda and Symbio FCell) , close to the A316 and A308 trunk roads was predominantly to raise market awareness of hydrogen fuel and the availability for lease and sale of fuel cell electric vehicles in the UK.

Part-funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the UK’s Office for Low Emission vehicles (OLEV), experts believe it represents important progress towards cleaning up London’s air quality.

ITM Power plans to open four UK refuelling stations by the end of the year. The remaining three stations will all be built within the M25 area — some on Shell forecourts and by 2020 it is hoped that there will be 65 more stations across the UK.

ITM Power CEO Dr Graham Cooley said "Today is the first step in a transformation of how we drive.

"This is a turning point, at which car manufacturers start releasing hydrogen vehicles, helping clean London’s air.”

Drivers of cars such as the Toyota Mirai or Hyundai ix35 will be provided with electronic key fobs and filling duration will be around three minutes, with a £50 tankful giving a range, in the Toyota, of up to 400 miles. Fuel cells turn the gas into electricity and the only emission is water vapour.

Dr Cooley said: “People will be amazed we ever sat in traffic — or pushed our babies down the street — while breathing other people’s pollution."

 

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