ITM Power has today opened its eighth hydrogen station in the UK at Gatwick Airport near London.
Located at the Shell services on the M23 corridor south of London, the new station is the second of two stations in the UK to be deployed as part of the pan-European H2ME2 project, which was funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
The station uses electricity via a renewable energy contract and water to generate hydrogen on-site with no need for deliveries.
“It is always with pride that we see how FCH JU support helps to build up the necessary hydrogen infrastructure for the prompt mass deployment of fuel cell vehicles,” said Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the FCH JU.
“We are fully committed to ensure that Europe is at the forefront of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.
“We have already supported over 50 hydrogen refuelling stations through our H2ME programme and, with initiatives like the European HRS Availability System, we aim to ensure that drivers soon can choose hydrogen-based, clean means of transport throughout the continent – and have reliable information to do so.”
“This new hydrogen refuelling station, located in a strategic transport hub like Gatwick, where synergies with other transport modes can be reached, marks a big step forward towards a cleaner transport sector.”
ITM Power’s Gatwick Airport hydrogen station joins eight others across the UK: Cobham on the M25, Beaconsfield on the M40, Rainham in Essex on the A13, Teddington in London, Rotherham on the M1, Kirkwall in Orkney and Swindon on the M4 corridor.
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said, “Gatwick Airport is an important new hydrogen refuelling station. Siting this station at the UK’s second largest airport and supporting the roll out of FCEVs on the M23 heading south from the M25 is an important development for the expanding network in the UK.”
Tim Norwood, Corporate Affairs, Planning and Sustainability Director at Gatwick Airport, said, “Gatwick Airport is delighted to host a hydrogen refuelling station provided by ITM Power, to encourage the further take-up of clean emission transport for visitors to the airport and local fleet operators.”
“We recognise the value of hydrogen as a renewable clean fuel that can contribute towards our decarbonisation and air quality objectives, and we look forward to its expanding role in transport and energy.”