April 2016
Thursday, 28 April 2016 08:09

1.5 MW Electrolyser Deployment in Scotland

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce the award of a €5m EU grant for the BIG HIT (Building Innovative Green Hydrogen systems in an Isolated Territory) project funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking ("FCH JU"). The FCH JU selected BIG HIT as the only hydrogen project in its Hydrogen Territories tender to receive funding. ITM Power is the electrolyser provider and will receive €2.27m over five years.

The Orkney Islands have over 50MW of installed wind, wave and tidal capacity, generating over 46GWhr per year of renewable power, and has been a net exporter of electricity since 2013. Energy used to produce the hydrogen for BIG HIT will be provided by the community-owned wind turbines on Shapinsay and Eday, two of the Orkney islands.

At present the Shapinsay and Eday turbines are often 'curtailed', losing on average more than 30% of their annual output. In addition, their electricity output is limited by grid capacity restrictions in Orkney. Production of hydrogen from this curtailed energy by electrolysis of water gives 'green' hydrogen from renewable energy sources with a very low carbon footprint.

BIG HIT builds on foundations laid by the Orkney Surf 'n' Turf initiative, which will see production of hydrogen on the islands of Eday and Shapinsay using wind and tidal energy. These are both world leading pilot and demonstration projects, which deploy a fully integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilisation for low carbon heat, power and transport. These projects address a number of operational and development challenges including the logistical and regulatory aspects for transport of hydrogen fuel between islands, and the orientation and familiarisation with new hydrogen building and transport technologies.

BIG HIT will enable the deployment of 10 electric vans, which will each be fitted with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender. A hydrogen refuelling station will be constructed in or near to Kirkwall at a site to be selected. The hydrogen fuel cells in these adapted vans will give them a wider range than their battery-powered electric counterparts. In order to demonstrate the potential scope hydrogen also has for heat uses in Orkney, BIG HIT will install two hydrogen-powered boilers at suitable premises to provide zero carbon heat.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power commented: "Big Hit is a major step in turning the Orkney Islands into a genuine Hydrogen Territory. The deployment of 1.5MW of electrolysis and the operation of hydrogen logistics to provide a transport fuel and renewable heat is a very important part of that process."

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Graham Cooley, CEO

+44 (0)114 244 5111

Zeus Capital

Dan Bate / Andrew Jones / Hugh Kingsmill Moore

+44 (0)20 3829 5000

Tavistock Communications

Simon Hudson / James Collins

+44 (0)20 7920 3150


About ITM Power plc:
ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions which are rapid response and high pressure that meet the requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and for the production of clean fuel for transport, renewable heat and chemicals.  ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004 and is a founder member of the Social Stock Exchange. The company received £4.9m as a strategic investment from JCB in March 2015; signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell in September 2015 and a fuel agreement with Toyota in October 2015. The Company currently has £13.80m of projects under contract and a further £6.28m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation constituting a total pipeline of £20.08m.

www.itm-power.com

About the FCH JU
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system. The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the NEW Industry Grouping and the research community represented by Research Grouping N.ERGHY

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HPEM2GAS will further develop a low cost PEM electrolyser optimised for grid management

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce the award of a €2.75m grant for the HPEM2GAS project funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under Horizon 2020.  ITM Power will receive €915,650 over three years.

The three year project will further develop the Company's electrolyser offering by incorporating smarter Balance of Plant (BoP) and lower cost Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) stack technology which together are capable of better serving the growing challenges faced by electricity grids as they assimilate greater quantities of renewable power.  The project will culminate in a six month field test of an advanced 0.2MW (nominal), 0.3MW (transient) PEM electrolyser system.

The electrolyser developed will implement several innovations in advanced BoP including power tracking electronics, high efficiency AC/DC converters, high temperature ion exchange cartridges, advanced safety integration systems and enhanced control logic.  The stacks will benefit from improvements to specific components intended to allow more aggressive operating conditions without detriment to overall efficiency or lifetime.

Several strategies are to be applied to lower the overall electrolyser cost to promote wider spread adoption of the technology. Central among these is a three-fold increase in current density.  This is intended to result in a proportional decrease in capital costs whilst maintaining cutting edge efficiency and minimizing catalyst loading.

ITM Power will provide a strong commercial leadership to the group, putting ideas into practice within an improved electrolyser system optimised for Demand Side Management services and to be tested in the field at the Stadtwerke Emden site in Germany.  Altogether, the improvements supported in this project will contribute significantly to a reduction of electrolyser total cost of ownership.

The partners in the project are CNR-ITAE Institute in Italy (the project coordinator), ITM Power, Solvay Specialty Polymers, IRD Fuel Cells A/S, Stadtwerke Emden GmbH, Hochschule Emden/Leer and Uniresearch BV.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power commented: "We are delighted to be participating in this project which represents ITM Power's culture of continuous improvement.  The commercial spirit of the consortium is particularly pleasing and we look forward to demonstrating the next generation of smart electrolyser systems with Stadtwerk Emden in Germany, one of our fastest growing markets."

ITM Power plc

Graham Cooley, CEO

+44 (0)114 244 5111

Zeus Capital

Dan Bate / Andrew Jones / Hugh Kingsmill Moore

+44 (0)20 3829 5000

Tavistock

Simon Hudson / James Collins

+44 (0)20 7920 3150


About ITM Power plc:
ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions which are rapid response and high pressure that meet the requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and for the production of clean fuel for transport, renewable heat and chemicals.  ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004 and is a founder member of the Social Stock Exchange. The company received £4.9m as a strategic investment from JCB in March 2015; signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell in September 2015 and a fuel agreement with Toyota in October 2015. The Company currently has £11.65m of projects under contract and a further £9.04m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation, constituting a total pipeline of £20.69m.

www.itm-power.com

About CNR-ITAE Institute
The Institute of Advanced Tecnologies for Energy "N. Giordano" (ITAE) is one Institutes of the Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport Department (DIITET) of Italian National Research Council (CNR). Within the Department, ITAE's strategic mission is mainly aimed at promoting and developing innovative energy processes and technologies with a higher efficiency and a lower environmental impact based on the use of fossil fuels (still available today) and/or renewable energy sources.

About Solvay Specialty Polymers
Solvay Specialty Polymers, a world leader in high performance polymers, offers an unmatched portfolio of specialty polymers with over 35 product lines available in more than 1500 formulations designed for use in demanding markets around the world. Solvay's high performance plastics, polymers, fluids and elastomers are designed to meet the critical requirements that engineers face every day in key industries including, Automotive, Aeronautics, Smart Devices, Healthcare and Energy Production and Storage.

About IRD fuel cell A/S
IRD fuel cell A/S is a high technology company that develops and produces fuel cell. IRD was established in 1996 by Dr. J.S Lundsgaard. IRD has specialized in producing MEA's (cells) and bi-polar plates for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell, PEM electrolysers and fuel cells. This is achieved through extensive research programs, to refine the technology behind the systems.

About Stadtwerke Emden GmbH
Stadtwerke Emden GmbH is the regional integrated energy utility in Lower Saxony. They supply the city of Emden with gas, water, electricity and operate the car parks and the city buses in Emden. The company has supplied gas since 1861, water since 1897 and electricity since the 19th century. The company in its present form was established in 1963.

About Hochschule Emden/Leer
The Hochschule Emden/Leer is a University of Applied Sciences, in the northwest of the Federal Republic of Germany. The university was founded on 1 September 2009 and originated from the two predecessor institutions of the University of Applied Sciences Oldenburg/Ostfriesland/Wilhelmshaven and the Fachhochschule/Ostfriesland.

About Uniresearch BV
Uniresearch is an independent grant consultancy focussing on technological innovations. Our clients are based throughout Europe. UNR is specialised in the acquisition of regional, national and European grants.

About the FCH JU
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.

The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the NEW Industry Grouping and the research community represented by Research Grouping N.ERGHY.

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BOC, the UK's largest supplier of industrial gases, has announced that it has signed an agreement with ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, to provide infrastructure for ITM Power's new electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger cars.  The announcement underpins ITM Power's ongoing plans to build a network of hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK and demonstrates its commitment to green transport.  Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit only water vapour, produce no carbon emissions or air pollution, have a range of several hundred miles and refuel in three minutes.

BOC, a member of The Linde Group, will use its specialist market knowledge to source and install the most appropriate Group technology including hydrogen compressors and dispensers.  These will be installed at ITM Power's new hydrogen refuelling station locations, based on its proprietary electrolyser technology.  This latest siting and refuelling agreement builds on the existing successful partnership between the two companies.

The Linde Group is one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world with over 135 years' experience in dealing with gases, as well as the strength to create a safe and sustainable platform for alternative fuels and energy carriers such as hydrogen and liquefied natural gas (LNG).  BOC is a key player in the development of the hydrogen transport fuel market in the UK.

Opened in 2011, BOC's hydrogen refuelling station at Honda's site in Swindon employs BOC filling technology to serve passenger cars, light goods vehicles (LGVs) and forklift trucks and offers both 350 and 700 bar refuelling.

BOC's Aberdeen hydrogen production and bus refuelling station is part of the Aberdeen Bus Project and fuels Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses. The station features Linde's IC-90 ionic compressors and in its first year the station has demonstrated unparalleled reliability, with fuel availability of >99.99%, dispensing over 35,000 kg of hydrogen to the buses.  It is this established technology and knowledge that is going to be delivered to the ITM Power refuelling stations. Linde has delivered over 100 hydrogen refuelling stations around the world.

ITM Power is set to become the dominant hydrogen fuel supplier in the UK, with plans and funding already under way to deploy eight refuelling stations in and around London, having already opened one station in Rotherham. Of the eight stations, the first London refuelling station will open in May 2016 at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and the second will open in July at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence in East London (funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking).  A further three refuelling stations will be sited on publically accessible forecourts and these will open before the end of 2016.  ITM Power has a hydrogen fuel contract with Toyota, which will see all Toyota Mirai FCEVs supplied with three years of hydrogen included for the consumer.

Dr Hamish Nichol, Innovation Manager for Hydrogen, BOC commented: "It is really exciting to be working with ITM Power to help them deliver their ambitious programme of hydrogen stations.  The success of BOC's refuelling station in Aberdeen will ensure that together with ITM Power we are able to make hydrogen a reliable and accessible clean fuel for future mobility."

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power commented: "We are delighted to be working with BOC who have a significant leading role in the UK delivering onsite solutions for industrial and fuel gases. Onsite integrated hydrogen refuelling solutions utilising the leading edge technology of ITM Power and BOC is a world class offering."

ITM Power plc

Graham Cooley, CEO

+44 (0)114 244 5111

Zeus Capital

Dan Bate / Andrew Jones / Hugh Kingsmill Moore / Alex Davies

+44 (0)20 3829 5000

Tavistock

Simon Hudson / James Collins

+44 (0)20 7920 3150


About ITM Power plc:
ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions which are rapid response and high pressure that meet the requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and for the production of clean fuel for transport, renewable heat and chemicals.  ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004 and is a founder member of the Social Stock Exchange. The company received £4.9m as a strategic investment from JCB in March 2015; signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell in September 2015 and a fuel agreement with Toyota in October 2015. The Company currently has £11.67m of projects under contract and a further £7.50m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation constituting a total pipeline of £19.17m.

www.itm-power.com

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