ITM Power plc (ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that Scottish Water has signed an agreement to participate in Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) of ITM’s transportable high pressure refueling unit (HFuel), which will be used to power two Revolve Technologies hydrogen Ford Transit Vehicles for use in Scottish Water operations.
Scottish Water is the fourth largest water and waste water services provider in the UK and has a turnover of £1 billion, making it one of Scotland’s top 20 businesses by turnover. The Group operates and maintains thousands of assets and has around 5 million customers in 2.4 million households, meaning that it currently uses a fleet of 1500 vehicles to service all areas of its business operations. Joining HOST will enable Scottish Water to analyse the suitability of using hydrogen to decarbonise a sizeable fleet which travels the breadth of the country on a ‘return-to-base’ principle.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley stated “We are delighted that Scottish Water, a major UK water company, have joined the HOST programme in order to appraise the potential of ITM’s energy storage: clean fuel technology, for decarbonising return to base logistics fleet vehicles. We have been delighted with the support that HOST has attracted to date and we expect companies from other sectors to be joining the scheme in the near future.”
Ian Summers of Scottish Water’s Procurement and Supply Chain said: “With five million customers the length and breadth of the country including some of the most remote and rural communities, it is vital that Scottish Water’s fleet of 1500 vehicles is as sustainable as possible going forward. Further to our recently announced green vehicle trials, we are pleased to support ITM Power in the development of its Transportable High Pressure Hydrogen Refuelling Station to demonstrate the proposition of de-carbonising vehicle fleets, using green hydrogen, derived from water and renewable energy, commodities of which Scotland has in plentiful supply.”
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. Scottish Water joins DHL Supply Chain, London Stansted Airport, The Forestry Commission, and local authorities Sheffield City Council and the London Borough of Camden who have recently joined the programme.
HOST provides each partner with a one week free trial of HFuel and two 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.
For further information please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:
ITM Power plc
0114 244 5111
Graham Cooley, CEO
Panure Gordon & Co
020 7459 3600
020 7920 3150
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