ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that Center Parcs has signed an agreement to participate in the Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) of ITM Power’s transportable high pressure refueling unit (HFuel). The HFuel unit was built with support from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and was launched at the Company’s AGM on 15 September 2010.
Center Parcs is the UK’s leading short break holiday operator with four 400 acre holiday villages. The ITM Power HOST trial will form part of a wider project launched by Center Parcs to investigate its own energy usage and to research energy sourcing alternatives.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “Center Parcs provides a perfect demonstration of return to base commercial fleet refuelling. We are delighted that an organisation like Center Parcs with such a strong commitment to environmental protection and air quality has joined HOST. Center Parcs are pioneering the leisure industry’s early adoption of clean technology”
Chris Brooks, Sustainability Manager, Center Parcs, added: “Center Parcs is committed to seeking new ways of minimising its environmental impact. We are excited about being involved in this trial and the HOST scheme is just one of many initiatives we are considering as part of our ongoing sustainability strategy.”
HOST will begin in 2011, and comprises the operation and refuelling of two Revolve Technologies hydrogen Ford Transit vehicles, with hydrogen produced on site at the point of use, at sites operated by participating companies and in the Gateway to London development area. Center Parcs joins DHL Supply Chain, London Stansted Airport, The Forestry Commission, Scottish Water, SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy), Vestas Wind Systems AS, the Scottish Police Services Authority and local authorities Sheffield City Council and the London Borough of Camden who have already joined the programme.
HOST provides each partner with a one week free trial of HFuel and the Revolve HICE transit vehicles, and an option to lease both HFuel and vehicles for additional week(s). The demonstrations are 100% managed and operated by ITM Power personnel in liaison with site owners’ operations and management. As part of the HOST programme ITM Power is actively seeking both technical partners interested in storing renewable energy, and commercial partners seeking to trial zero carbon fleets.
For further information please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:
ITM Power plc,
0114 244 5111,
Graham Cooley, CEO
Panmure Gordon & Co,
020 7459 3600,
020 7920 3150,
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