ITM Power ( AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that RAC has signed an agreement to participate in the Hydrogen On Site Trials (‘HOST’) of ITM Power’s transportable high pressure refuelling 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.
RAC has around seven million customers and is one of the UK’s leading motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists including roadside assistance, insurance, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services and up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information. The RAC Roadside recovery and patrol fleet numbers some 1,700 vehicles.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “Our agreement with RAC for them to join our HOST trial is a tremendous opportunity for us to demonstrate the benefits of HFuel and so demystify the proposition for fuelling today’s modified vehicles with green hydrogen, in what could be a significant early adoption market.”
Adrian McCarthy, Head of Technical Services, RAC, added: “As an organisation we are committed to reducing our operational emissions through our carbon management programme. We are therefore pleased to join ITM Power’s hydrogen trials next year to enable RAC to appraise both the proposition for a zero carbon fuel and zero carbon emissions for patrol vehicles. Importantly the trial will also provide our Roadside recovery and patrols with an invaluable insight into dealing with hydrogen fuelled vehicles at the roadside.”
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,
020 7920 3150
HOST will begin in the first quarter of 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.
The list of trial partners, in order of publication, is as follows:
|DHL Supply Chain||Logistics||www.dhl.co.uk/en|
|London Stansted Airport||Infrastructure||www.stanstedairport.com|
|The Forestry Commission||Land Use||www.forestry.gov.uk|
|Sheffield City Council||Local Authority||www.sheffield.gov.uk|
|London Borough of Camden||Local Authority||www.camden.gov.uk|
|SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy)||Utility||www.scottish-southern.co.uk|
|Vestas Wind Systems||Alternative Energy||www.vestas.com|
|Scottish Police Services Authority||Emergency Services||www.spsa.police.uk|
|Southampton City Council||Local Authority||www.southampton.gov.uk|
|The Commercial Group||Logistics||www.commercial.co.uk|
|May Gurney Integrated Services||Infrastructure||www.maygurney.co.uk|
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.