Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) could become the first UK regional airport to produce its own hydrogen to power its fleet of vehicles after signing a deal with ITM Power.
The plans would see a hydrogen vehicle hub created at LBA in which hydrogen and rapid EV charging facilities will power the airport’s fleet of vehicles – and work could start on the energy hub as early as 2022 if approved.
ITM Power is the largest operator of hydrogen stations in the UK with eight stations open currently.
Duncan Yellen, Managing Director at ITM Power, Motive, said, “Green hydrogen provides the missing piece in the transport jigsaw, freeing transport to perform all the functionality currently delivered by diesel whilst emitting nothing but clean water and helping us power our way to a net zero future.”
“Our strategy is to develop a network of large-scale hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK available to all heavy duty vehicles and we are delighted to be partnering with LBA to provide one of the first of these in our home county of Yorkshire.”
Charles Johnson, Head of Development at Leeds Bradford Airport, added, “This project is a clear indicator of how serious LBA is about its future sustainability commitments and the first step in realising our ambitions to become a carbon net zero airport for ground-based operations.”
“It represents a significant investment in the sustainable future of the airport, preparing us for the new wave of hydrogen and EV powered specialist vehicles on the horizon.”
“Passengers will increasingly demand efficient and readily available charging as vehicle technologies continue to develop and become commonplace and we want to be at the forefront of this new way of thinking and operating.”