Planning permission to construct a Hydrogen Refuelling Station at CEME

24th November 2015
The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME)

Planning permission to construct a Hydrogen Refuelling Station at The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) on the A13

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has been granted full planning permission from Havering Borough Council to construct a Hydrogen Refuelling Station at The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) site in Rainham. The Group currently has £10.46m of projects under contract and a further £5.71m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation.

Planning permission for the station was awarded within 8 weeks from submission and received no objections, demonstrating that it is becoming easier to gain permission for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK. The station will be deployed as part of the HyFIVE project and will open to the public in spring 2016.

The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) is a world-class research, skills, education and business campus in East London. The CEME Campus is situated on the A13 in Rainham, close to both Canary Wharf and the M25. Part of a £400m regeneration programme in East London, CEME was established in 2003 to provide skills, create jobs and businesses that are revitalising London’s industrial heartland.

HyFIVE is an ambitious £31 million European project (funded by the FCH JU) involving leading motor manufacturers, hydrogen fuel suppliers, the Mayor of London’s Office and energy consultancies. The project is deploying hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and refuelling stations in three clusters across Europe reinforcing the case for hydrogen vehicles as a viable choice for motorists in Europe

ITM Power was chosen by the Hydrogen London Partnership to be the Hydrogen Refuelling Station partner for London. This resulted in an award of contract to supply three ITM Power electrolyser-based refuelling stations.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, commented: “ITM are pleased to announce the decision by Havering Borough Council to grant planning permission for a hydrogen refuelling station at CEME, this is a key step in rolling out refuelling infrastructure in East London”

Information for reporter:
• The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.
• Fuel cells, as an efficient conversion technology, and hydrogen, as a clean energy carrier, have a great potential to help fight carbon dioxide emissions, to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons and to contribute to economic growth. The objective of the FCH JU is to bring these benefits to Europeans through a concentrated effort from all sectors.
• The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the NEW Industry Grouping and the research community represented by Research Grouping N.ERG
• The HyFIVE demonstration project has been funded with €18 million from the FCH JU and €20 million from the industrial partners.
• Leading the way in tackling air quality, the Mayor has already brought in a programme of improvements, including hybrid buses and plans for an Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020 which intends to restrict central London to those vehicles that have zero or near-zero tailpipe emissions. Hydrogen vehicles and the massmarket of hydrogen cars is a big part of that plan.


Rebecca Markillie
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