ITM Power Opens First Hydrogen Refuelling Station Under Shell Venture

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The UK has just opened its first hydrogen (H2) refuelling station to be situated on a forecourt as Britain moves another step closer to zero-carbon motoring.

ITM, under a deal signed with Shell to bolt-on hydrogen refuelling stations to the FTSE 100 constituent's petrol forecourts, has opened the first station at Cobham services off the M25, which it said is "the nation's busiest refuelling station".

The corporation is also in the process of assessing the potential of future projects in the US, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, France and Benelux. Shell, in partnership with Toyota, will be considered for the installation of hydrogen refueling equipment into seven retail stations in the state of California and an award of $16,362,500 to develop those stations. "The opening of Shell's first station in United Kingdom occurs one month after the Hydrogen Council announcement at Davos, and reinforces the industrial commitment towards decarbonisation".

Germany and Japan have committed to place hydrogen fueling infrastructures in place in the next few years.

Toyota, along with Honda, Shell and other transportation and energy giants, has pledged to invest $1.5 billion a year in hydrogen and fuel cell products and has been a leader in advancing what it calls the "hydrogen society".

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Sinead Lynch, Shell's United Kingdom country chair, said the Cobham site was a "small but significant first step toward developing infrastructure needed for increased usage of hydrogen vehicles".

The hydrogen is generated on-site using an electrolyser which requires only water and electricity to generate the hydrogen gas.

The NOPA marks an important step forward in California's aspiration for broader deployment of low-carbon fuels and vehicle technologies, via its CEC's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Shell belongs to a German government-backed consortium with the goal of having 400 hydrogen stations opened by 2023.

Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said: "ITM Power is pleased to partner with Shell to bring their first forecourt hydrogen fuelling site to life. We look forward to working with Shell to introduce additional hydrogen stations on their forecourts in the United Kingdom in the near future".