ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that VolkerHighways (a member of the VolkerWessels UK group of companies) has signed an agreement to participate in the Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) of ITM Power’s transportable high pressure refueling 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.
VolkerHighways specialises in public and private sector highways maintenance, street lighting, civil engineering term contracts and hard and soft landscaping projects. Dedicated divisions provide surfacing, road marking, specialist surfacing, traffic management and fencing, and operate a fleet of approximately 300 vehicles.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “We welcome VolkerHighways to the growing number of organisations representing the public and utility sector service providers, who have joined our HOST programme. Their feedback regarding our energy storage and clean fuel technology, using renewable energy for decarbonising fleet operations and for advancing the development of clean air transport strategies in urban centres, will enhance the data collected to assess the role our technology could play in this important sector of our economy.”
VolkerHighways’ Managing Director, Peter Hyde, said: “Decarbonising our vehicle fleet and reducing tail pipe pollutants is vitally important to our clients and for our operations in urban areas across the South East of England. We are very pleased to be joining ITM Power’s hydrogen trials as we continue to look at options for utilising renewable power for zero carbon emission vehicles.”
For further information please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:
ITM Power plc,
Graham Cooley, CEO,
0114 244 5111
Emma Young, Corporate Communications Manager,
07714 685 392
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.