ITM Power has been awarded a total of £2.89 million (US$4.3 million) by the UK Hydrogen Refueling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The award is to build two new HRS in London, sited with strategic partners and for the upgrading of four existing ITM Power refueling stations.
£1.89 million ($2.8 million) has been awarded to ITM Power and its partners to invest in two new HRS in London at strategic locations suitable for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) roll-out. Both HRS will incorporate on-site hydrogen generation using the company’s PEM HGas electrolyzer platform. ITM Power will work closely with OEM FCEV providers to determine the best locations for siting.
The project also benefits from additional financial support of £1.7 million (US$2.5 million) which is being contributed by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to provide support for the operation of these stations in the early years. This support is in its final stages of negotiation.
One of the new stations will be built on the forecourt of a major global fuel retailer. ITM Power has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the retailer to build initially up to three HRS in London and will be seeking funding support for at least one more station. The MoU also allows for further development of the collaboration in the UK.
ITM Power has also been awarded £1 million ($1.5 million) for upgrades to four existing HRS. This includes the three in London under development as part of the HyFive project and one in Rotherham, just off the M1 at junction 33. The latter will be upgraded from 350 to 700 bar refueling capability. This strategic refueling location will allow FCEV users to travel between London and the North of England.
The strategic rationale for the funding from OLEV was established by the UKH2Mobility project of which ITM Power was a founder member. The project envisages 65 stations being deployed in the UK by 2020. The stations installed by ITM Power and the other station investors under this OLEV program are the first to be deployed under that strategy.
This award comes from the first stage in the rollout of HRS resulting from the UKH2Mobility initiative. The scheme was recently announced by OLEV with £7.5 million ($11.1 million) total funding—£2 million ($3 million) available for FCEV, £2 million for HRS upgrades and £3.5 million ($5.2 million) for new HRS.