ITM Power has announced that it has received planning permission for four new hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) as the company looks to expand the infrastructure along key transport corridors.
The new confirmed sites include two in Sheffield, and one each in Birmingham and Swindon. The company also reports that additional sites have been identified in London and around the M25, along the M1 corridor including Leeds, the M4 corridor including Oxford, and M4 corridor including Bristol and Cardiff.
Hydrogen supplier and storage experts ITM Power already have four publicly accessible refuelling stations, one on the M1 at Rotherham, and three in and around London – Rainham, Teddington and Cobham Services.
As such, there is a concentration of refuelling sites in London, and the new announcement of two further sites in Sheffield will also see three in relatively close proximity in South Yorkshire around the M1.
It is the opening of sites in Birmingham and Swindon then that are perhaps the most important of the new locations. Each has an existing hydrogen refuelling station in the University of Birmingham and Honda UK Manufacturing respectively. However, neither were specifically opened for public use.
Likewise, the forthcoming sites proposed for the Leeds, Oxford, Bristol, and Cardiff areas are of high importance, expanding hydrogen refuelling infrastructure into areas where there is currently a lack of availability.
ITM Power CEO, Dr Graham Cooley, said: “UK cities are now under increasing pressure to improve air quality. Air pollution levels have reached ‘very high’ or ‘high’ in eight regions across the UK and London has been issued a final warning by the EU.
“We have made significant headway in planning further HRS deployments on the M1, M4, M40 and particularly inside the M25 ahead of the accelerating roll-out of commercial and passenger fuel cell electric vehicles as a result of new air quality legislation.”
You can find existing hydrogen refuelling stations on Zap-Map’s map, using the hydrogen filter in the Connector or Speed sections.