ITM Power announced the launch of its first public access hydrogen refueling station, last week at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire. This event has been supported by Hyundai, Toyota and Honda, that displayed their fuel cell vehicles.
This station is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. It consists of a 225kW wind turbine coupled directly to an electrolyzer, 220 kg of hydrogen storage, a hydrogen dispensing unit and a 30kW fuel cell system capable of providing backup power generation for nearby buildings.
The station is delivering hydrogen gas at 350 bar, which was a specification of the Island Hydrogen (formally known as Eco Island) project. The station will be upgraded in early 2016 to provide hydrogen at 700 bar as a result of funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This will provide the fuel cell vehicles with a longer range of between 350–400 miles and extend the reach of clean emission transportation in South Yorkshire to hydrogen refueling stations elsewhere in the U.K., including London.