ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that May Gurney Integrated Services plc (“May Gurney”) have 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 launched at the Company’s AGM on 15th September 2010.
May Gurney is committed to helping clients deliver sustainable improvements to front-line services across the UK. In the public sector these include highway, environmental, recycling and facilities services. In the regulated sector the company provides utility maintenance services to the water and telecommunications industries, conducts railway maintenance in conjunction with Network Rail and also plays a vital role in the regeneration and maintenance of the UK waterways network. The company has a policy of reducing carbon emissions and has recently transferred its electricity contract to a renewable energy supplier. The company is also trialing hybrid commercial vehicles and mixing regular and bio fuels to achieve their carbon reduction goals.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “May Gurney offer ITM the opportunity to test the fit of our green hydrogen fuel into the infrastructure of a national company delivering services in all of the public and service sectors. This trial will build on the assessment of our energy storage and clean fuel technology for decarbonising return to base logistics fleet vehicles.”
Commenting for May Gurney, Operations Director, Nicholas Salt, said: “As a company we are continuously striving to reduce our impact on the environment, whether through recycling, energy efficiency or the use of renewable energy sources wherever possible. ITM’s HFuel unit gives us an ideal opportunity to test a zero carbon footprint fuel within the normal duty cycle of our workload. We are excited to be contributing to this trial and hope that we can take advantage of this technology in the future.”
HOST will begin in 2011, and comprises the operation and refueling 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. May Gurney join local authorities Sheffield City Council, the London Borough of Camden and Southampton City Council, together with DHL Supply Chain, London Stansted Airport, The Forestry Commission, Scottish Water, SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy), Vestas Wind Systems AS, Scottish Police Services Authority, Center Parcs, Tarmac and Commercial Group 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 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
Graham Cooley, CEO
0114 244 5111
Panmure Gordon & Co
020 7459 3600
Simon Hudson / Andrew Dunn / James Midmer
020 7920 3150