November 2018

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to note the announcement by the HyDeploy partners following the award of £14.9m of further funding by Ofgem.

Commenting on the plans, Graham Cooley, ITM Power’s CEO, said: “Today’s announcement represents a natural second step for the HyDeploy partners following the trial already announced on Keele University’s closed gas grid. The £14.9m from Ofgem funds two field trials on public gas networks supplying a total of 1,500 homes. We are delighted to see power-to-gas beginning to take its place in the UK as a front-running technology to cut emissions and – with ITM Power’s technology – decarbonise our gas grids.”

The full text of the HyDeploy announcement is set out below.

Hydrogen to heat homes: £14.9m for UK’s first trials on public gas network

• Green light for next phase in plan to use low-carbon hydrogen to heat homes
• £14.9m will fund two trials in the north of England: 750 homes in each trial
• Building evidence that hydrogen can deliver big and rapid carbon reductions

Plans to use hydrogen to help heat UK homes – and massively cut the country’s carbon emissions – took a big step forward today with a £14.9 million funding boost.

The money will fund two field trials on public gas networks, blending hydrogen with natural gas to heat around 750 homes in each of the year-long trials.

Over the course of the four-year programme, starting in 2019, the team behind ‘HyDeploy2’ will monitor the performance and safety of using hydrogen in this way.

The aim is to build support for a much wider roll-out. If adopted across the UK, using hydrogen like this could save the same amount of carbon as taking 2.5 million cars off the road. A major benefit of this blending approach is that it comes with no disruption to customers – they do not need to change their gas appliances or the pipes to their homes.

Backed by the north of England’s two gas distribution networks – Cadent and Northern Gas Networks – there will be one trial in each company’s geographic footprint. This means one in North West England and one in the North East / Yorkshire. Identifying suitable locations, and consulting customers and authorities in those areas, will be the next steps.

The tests will take place following the completion of the first UK trial on a closed gas network. Earlier this month, after extensive scientific analysis and safety checks, the Health and Safety Executive gave the HyDeploy team permission to do just that, at the Keele University campus. Hydrogen will be blended with natural gas at volumes up to 20 per cent.

HyDeploy2 is the natural next step – demonstrating use of blended gas in a controlled and carefully monitored way, at similar hydrogen volume, on the public gas networks.

Industry regulator Ofgem today announced it was approving £14.9 million in funding for HyDeploy2 as part of its Network Innovation Competition (NIC) allocations. By funding level, this is this is the largest gas NIC project ever.

HyDeploy is led by gas distribution network Cadent. Cadent is working in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, clean energy project management specialists Progressive Energy and scientific consultants at the Health and Safety Laboratory, along with other members of the same consortium who are behind the initial UK trial project at Keele.

The hydrogen for these trials will be produced by an ITM Power electrolyser. This technology uses an electrical current to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. When burned at end use, for example in a home central system, this hydrogen will produce only heat and water – in stark contrast to natural gas, which releases carbon into the atmosphere.

“This funding is fantastic news,” said Simon Fairman, Director of Safety and Network Strategy, Cadent. “It means we can press on with a game-changing vision: to prove hydrogen can safely keep us warm, as well as significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

“We know our existing gas networks are in good shape to help the UK meet its climate change targets. Blended hydrogen in this way means customers will use gas tomorrow as they do today, without any disruption or need to change their pipes or appliances.”

Mark Horsley, Chief Executive, Northern Gas Networks, said: “Through the Network Innovation Competition funding mechanism, gas industry projects like HyDeploy2 are unlocking the potential for green energy sources to make a real difference to customers and to the planet, at the lowest possible cost.

“HyDeploy2 represents a huge step forward for wider deployment of hydrogen as a clean energy source, as the UK looks towards achieving its vision of a low carbon energy future.”

Fast facts

• Heating homes and industry accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK and one third of the country’s carbon emissions. More than 80 per cent of homes in the UK are heated by gas.

• If hydrogen were blended with natural gas across the UK at a similar level to HyDeploy, it could save around six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.

• Hydrogen was a major component in ‘town gas’, gas created from coal and used widely throughout Britain before the discovery of North Sea gas in the 1960s. Up to 60% of the gas (by volume) being used by consumers was hydrogen.

• Cadent is involved in a wider portfolio of projects – such as HyNet, to use hydrogen to power industry and blended hydrogen to heat 2 million homes in North West England – which first depend on the success of the HyDeploy trials, in proving the concept.

• Building on the HyDeploy principles towards wider deployment of hydrogen, Northern Gas Networks is delivering a suite of hydrogen projects called H21, focused on converting the gas network to 100 per cent hydrogen.

More information about HyDeploy is at www.hydeploy.co.uk

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 07:34

Shell Hydrogen Refuelling Stations Update

Shell Hydrogen Refuelling Stations Update
Planning consent for Beaconsfield, Gatwick and Cambridge; Commissioning begins at Cobham

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has been granted full planning permission from South Bucks District Council to construct a hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) at the Shell Filling Station, Beaconsfield. The Shell Filling Station is located at the Extra Motorway Services in Beaconsfield at Junction 2 of the M40 approximately four miles northwest of the M25.

The Beaconsfield station will be the first HRS in the UK to be integrated into the existing fuel forecourt, with the hydrogen dispenser located under the main fuel forecourt canopy. The station will be deployed as part of the H2ME project and the OLEV HRS Infrastructure Grants Scheme and is co-funded by the FCH JU and the UK government.

ITM Power has previously been granted planning permission to construct HRSs at the Shell Filling Station at Gatwick, together with the Extra Motorway Service Area Shell Filling Stations off the M25 at Cobham and A14 (M11) Cambridge. This makes a total of four consented forecourt sites and the current agreement with Shell is to build at three of these locations.

Commissioning of the HRS at Cobham is now underway following delivery of the electrolyser and buffer tank to the site earlier this week. The HRS will open to the public in early 2017.

Jane Lindsay-Green, Shell UK Retail Future Fuels Manager, said: “We are pleased that Shell Beaconsfield received planning permission and are excited about the addition of hydrogen to the Shell UK network. It is another example of Shell’s commitment to providing low carbon fuels for the future and we hope will provide further encouragement to other stakeholders to support and invest in hydrogen. Shell’s experience from partnerships in Germany and the US shows vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers and governments need to work together for hydrogen mobility to succeed.”

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, commented: “We are delighted to have achieved planning consent for the three refuelling stations that we are deploying jointly with Shell and look forward to updating the market on further developments in this exciting collaboration.”

Andrew Long, CEO of Extra MSA Group, said: “Extra is pleased to be working closely with Shell on its alternative fuel strategy in conjunction with ITM Power and is proud to be helping to facilitate the provision of new HRS facilities on the Motorway Network at its strategic MSA locations.”

For further information, please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:
ITM Power plc Graham Cooley, CEO +44 (0)114 244 5111
Zeus Capital Andrew Jones / Dan Bate / 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. The Company received £4.9m as a strategic investment from JCB in March 2015. The Company signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell in September 2015. The Group currently has £17.77m of projects under contract and a further £2.43m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation, totaling £20.2m, subject to exchange rate variation. ITM Power is a founder member of the Social Stock Exchange. www.itm-power.com

About OLEV
The HRS Infrastructure Grants Scheme was launched on the 2nd February 2015 by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to support roll out of hydrogen infrastructure networks in the UK with the specific aim of encouraging the introduction of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs). The HRS Infrastructure Grants Scheme will provided grant funding for selected infrastructure projects seeding development of hydrogen for road transport in the UK.

About 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.

About HyFIVE
Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) is an ambitious European project including 15 partners who will deploy 185 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. To serve these vehicles, the project will create clusters of refuelling station networks in three parts of Europe, where six new stations (Danish Hydrogen Fuel, ITM Power and OMV) will be deployed linking them with 12 existing stations. www.hyfive.eu

About H2ME
H2ME is the largest European project of this nature and is based around an alliance of the four most ambitious hydrogen mobility initiatives in Europe: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, Mobilité Hydrogène France, Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership and UK H2 Mobility. These initiatives originally brought together the key stakeholders in the hydrogen sector (vehicle manufacturers, hydrogen refuelling station providers and Government representatives), to study and develop strategies to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in the respective regions. These initiatives will now be working together to make hydrogen-fuelled transport a reality in Europe. Under H2ME they will deploy 200 FCEVs, 125 fuel cell range-extended electric (FC RE-EVs) commercial vans and 29 new HRSs in 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK) by 2019. This plan ties in with existing national level initiatives for the roll-out of a large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, aimed at enabling Europe wide emission-free driving. www.h2me.eu

 

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 07:04

HyDeploy: Hydrogen in the UK Gas Grid

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to provide an important update on the HyDeploy project, first announced on 30th November 2016. HyDeploy the £6.8 million project, funded by Ofgem and led by Cadent and Northern Gas Networks, is an energy trial to establish the potential for blending up to 20% hydrogen into the normal gas supply to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  HyDeploy will run a year-long live trial of blended gas on part of the University of Keele gas network to determine the level of hydrogen which could be used by gas consumers safely and with no changes to their behaviour or existing domestic appliances.  ITM Power is supplying the electrolyser system.

Commenting on the HyDeploy announcement, Graham Cooley, ITM Power’s CEO, said: “The significance of this announcement, allowing up to 20% green hydrogen to be injected into a UK gas network, is hard to overstate.  Power-to-gas in the UK is under active consideration by all gas grid operators and its significance as an energy storage technique is growing globally. This announcement is an important advance.”

The text of today’s HyDeploy announcement is set out below.

Green light for leading-edge hydrogen trial

• Ground-breaking hydrogen trial gets the green light
• First of its type in the UK
• Green hydrogen blended with natural gas to fuel homes at Keele University

A ground-breaking green energy trial that could help Britain dramatically cut its carbon emissions and open the door to a low-carbon hydrogen economy has been given the go-ahead by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In the first trial of its kind in the UK, the HyDeploy project will inject hydrogen into an existing natural gas network. Hydrogen is a carbon-free gas that when burned produces just heat and water and has been mooted as a potential solution to tackling one of the country’s biggest sources of carbon emissions – heating homes and businesses.

Backed by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition, the £7 million project is being led by gas network Cadent, in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, Keele University and a consortium of technical experts.

In a year-long pilot, due to start next year, HyDeploy will blend up to 20% of hydrogen (by volume) with the normal gas supply in part of Keele University’s gas network. Customers will continue to use gas as they do today, without any changes needed to gas appliances or pipework.

Simon Fairman, Director of Safety and Network Strategy, Cadent, said: “The importance of this trial to the UK is unmeasurable .This is the first ever practical demonstration of hydrogen in the modern gas network in the UK. Hydrogen has the potential to address one of the most difficult sources of carbon emissions – heat. This trial could pave the way for a wider roll out of hydrogen blending, enabling us to begin cutting carbon emissions from heat as early as the mid-2020s, without customers needing to change their gas appliances or behaviour.

“HyDeploy could also prove to be the launchpad for a wider hydrogen economy, fuelling industry and transport and bringing with it new jobs. The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underlines the need for urgent action on carbon emissions and HyDeploy is an important staging post on that journey in the UK.”

Mark Horsley, Chief Executive, Northern Gas Networks, said: “Hydrogen is a key piece of the decarbonisation jigsaw, and this landmark decision allows us to take a huge leap forwards in terms of its use in meeting climate change targets.

“The HyDeploy project allows us to start making a difference to emissions today and we’re very excited to be a part of it.”

Professor Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Keele University, said: “Energy and sustainability is a key overarching institutional priority for Keele University, and we are delighted to be a partner in this important, highly relevant and prestigious project. HyDeploy will tackle one of the major societal challenges and has the potential to be highly impactful and lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions.”

The trial will take place on part of Keele University’s private gas network, serving 17 faculty buildings and 100 domestic properties.

The hydrogen will be produced by electrolysis. Electrolysers, produced by hydrogen systems manufacturer ITM Power, use an electrical current to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The electrolyser for HyDeploy will be powered by renewable energy sources. Construction is due to start at the end of this year.

The HSE granted HyDeploy an exemption to the current limit of 0.1% hydrogen in the UK gas network after the project gathered extensive evidence to demonstrate the hydrogen blend would be ‘as safe as natural gas’. The exemption is similar to that granted to allow the first bio-methane producers to inject biogas into the natural gas network.

Gas safety checks were carried out in the homes and buildings in the trial area. Laboratory tests were carried out on a range of gas appliances as well as extensive research on the effect of hydrogen on the different materials found in the gas network. The Health and Safety Laboratory has been overseeing all safety aspects of HyDeploy, providing expert impartial advice to the project.

Keele University was viewed as the perfect test site, owning and operating its own private gas network, independent of the UK’s wider gas network. The University is working with businesses, academics and graduates to create Europe’s first ‘at scale’ multi-energy-vector smart energy network demonstrator – where new energy-efficient technologies can be researched, developed and tested in a real world environment.

HyDeploy is led by Cadent in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, Keele University, the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), integrated hydrogen energy systems manufacturer ITM Power, and independent clean energy company Progressive Energy. It is supported by testing, inspection and certification world leaders KIWA Gastec and specialist engineering consultancy Otto Simon.

Fast facts
• Heating homes and industry accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK and one third of the country’s carbon emissions.
• If hydrogen were blended with natural gas across the UK at a similar level to HyDeploy, it could save around 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.
• Hydrogen was a major component in ‘town gas’, gas created from coal and used widely throughout Britain before the discovery of North Sea gas in the 1960s. Up to 60% of the gas (by volume) being used by consumers was hydrogen.
• Across Europe, permitted levels of hydrogen in the gas supply vary, from 0.1% in the UK to up to 12% in parts of the Netherlands

To find out more visit www.hydeploy.co.uk

For further information, please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:

ITM Power plc, Graham Cooley, CEO +44 (0)114 244 5111
Investec Bank plc (Nominated Adviser and Broker), Jeremy Ellis / Chris Sim / Alexander Ruffman +44 (0)20 7597 5970
Tavistock (Financial PR and IR), Simon Hudson / Nick Elwes / Barney Hayward  +44 (0)20 7920 3150

About ITM Power plc
ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of green hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. ITM Power was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. In September 2017 the Company announced the completion of a GBP29.4m working capital fundraise. The Company signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell for hydrogen refuelling stations in September 2015 and subsequently a deal to deploy a 10MW electrolyser at Shell’s Rhineland refinery. The company entered into a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Sumitomo Corporation in July 2018 for the development of multi-megawatt projects in Japan. Additional customers and partners include National Grid, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, RWE, Engie, BOC Linde, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Anglo American among others. www.itm-power.com

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