Air Products expects to add two new hydrogen fueling stations in London in the near future to create a network of five. Air Products has already installed two central London located fueling stations at Heathrow and in East London, but now has plans for another East London station and a second centrally located fueling station as part of the CHIC (Clean Hydrogen In European Cities) Project, which saw the Transport for London hydrogen bus station installed in December 2010.
The fifth station in the network is just north of London at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford.
Emma Guthrie, Air Products’ Business Development Manager for Hydrogen Energy detailed the company’s plans at an industry event held in Bristol, close to Air Products’ latest hydrogen transport project, a 12-seater hydrogen-powered passenger ferry. The zero-emission ferry, named Hydrogenesis in a school competition, will transport commuters and tourists around Bristol harbor for six hours each day.
The ferry will be up and running by the end of this year and will travel at speeds of six to 10 knots, powered by a 12 kW fuel cell. The ferry was made by Bristol Hydrogen Boats— a consortium of Nº 7 Boat Trips, the Bristol Packet, and Auriga Energy Ltd and is supported by Bristol City Council. Air Products is providing the hydrogen and the fueling station that will keep the ferry running.
Air Products sees the short-term future of hydrogen transport in the UK as based around clusters of hydrogen infrastructure and London is ideal for this. Five hydrogen fueling stations in London are enough to make it possible for a number of fleets of, buses, cars and other vehicles to build a real presence for hydrogen transport in the capital.—Emma Guthrie