BOC signed an agreement with ITM Power to provide infrastructure for ITM Power’s new electrolyzer-based hydrogen refueling stations for passenger cars. The announcement underpins ITM Power’s ongoing plans to build a network of hydrogen stations in the UK.
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 station locations, based on its proprietary electrolyzer technology. This latest siting and refueling agreement builds on the existing successful partnership between the two companies.
BOC’s Aberdeen hydrogen production and bus refueling 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 refueling stations.
ITM Power has plans and funding already under way to deploy eight refueling stations in and around London, having already opened one station in Rotherham. Of the eight stations, the first London refueling 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 stations will be sited on publically accessible forecourts and these will open before the end of 2016.
Source: BOC/ITM Power