ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that UPS® (NYSE: UPS) 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 was launched at the Company’s AGM on 15th September 2010. This portable unit produces hydrogen on-site through water electrolysis, which is then used to fuel ITM’s prototype HFuel vehicles.
UPS® is the world’s largest package delivery company, a global leader in logistics services, and one of the world’s most recognized brands, operating in over 220 countries and territories. UPS® has more than 100,000 delivery vehicles worldwide, including the largest private alternative fuel fleet in the transportation industry, with close to 2,000 vehicles. UPS® runs what it calls a “rolling laboratory” – as well as enjoying the benefits of alternative-fuel propulsion today, the UPS® fleet provides valuable data on the viability of different fuel technologies in real-world situations.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “The return to base light commercial fleet sector is a key sector for the early uptake of alternative automotive fuels and the addition of UPS® to the HOST trials will give us exactly the data and feedback that will make HOST a success. The announcement of UPS® as a trial partner now completes phase one of HOST.”
Peter Thomas, Automotive Director, UPS UK and Ireland, said: “We are always seeking to improve our performance and reduce our impact on the environment. Taking part in this project is a logical step in our broader “rolling laboratory” approach to alternative fuel technology, and underlines our commitment to providing efficient and sustainable transportation services for our customers.”
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|
|Isle of Man Government||Infastructure||www.gov.im/transport|
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.