ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, and Stansted Airport today announce the commencement of the Company’s Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) of ITM Power’s transportable high pressure refueling unit (HFuel) and Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (HICE) Ford Transit vans at London Stansted Airport on 7 March 2011. The trial at London Stansted marks the launch of HOST and will be followed by trials with the other organizations that have agreed to make their participation public. A full list of these HOST partners is set out below.
To launch the HOST programme, ITM Power and London Stansted will be hosting an event on Tuesday, 8 March 2011 to which all ITM Power’s analysts and investors (as well as all other interested parties) are invited. The day will include some invited guest presentations and a hydrogen refuelling demonstration.
HFuel is a self-contained module suitable for refuelling hydrogen-powered road vehicles and forklift trucks. It is well suited to small fleet applications of both fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles. HFuel is based around a standard freight container format and can be expanded after the initial installation enabling a staged roll-out of hydrogen fuel production, storage and dispensing. HFuel generates hydrogen by electrolysis, compresses it, stores it and dispenses the gas on demand at high pressure (nominally 350 bar/35MPa). It requires an on-site water and electricity supply but is otherwise an autonomous solution for refuelling hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “HOST will be the largest multi-sector trial of hydrogen refuelling for transport in the UK, involving 20 major partner organizations. Airports are perfect locations for trialling return to base hydrogen refuelling and we are delighted that London Stansted Airport will be the location from which we launch the HOST programme.”
Dr Andy Jefferson, Stansted Airport’s head of health, safety and environment, said: “Environmental management at London Stansted is critical to the sustainability of our business and is an issue that we take extremely seriously, so we’re delighted to be working with ITM Power and launch their ground-breaking Hydrogen On Site Trial project at the airport.”
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.