ITM Power has officially launched its third public access hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at the Centre of Engineering Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) at Rainham in East London.  The station was opened to the public by Bill Williams, CEO of CEME and Prof Roger Putnam, Chairman of ITM Power. The opening was supported by the manufacturers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Toyota, Hyundai, Symbio FCell Renault, as well as  vehicle owners JCB, Anglo American, Johnson Matthey, Green Tomato Cars and ITM Power.



The hydrogen refuelling station is the first of its kind using

energy from a solar PV array at CEME to make renewable

hydrogen on-site.






Preceding the station opening, a hydrogen rally took place from a hydrogen station in South Yorkshire, where the hydrogen is produced by electricity generated from wind power.  Journalists and transport industry commentators, were amongst those making the 186 mile drive from the wind hydrogen station to the solar hydrogen station in London.  They demonstrated how excess renewable energy can be used and stored as hydrogen gas to refuel fuel cell electric vehicles  in three minutes.

The new solar hydrogen station lies just off the A13, linking London City Airport and the M25, and is now available for public and private fleets operating fuel cell electric vehicles.    It is part of the pan European HyFive project, which was funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).


Another rally commenced at ITM Power’s hydrogen station in Teddington, West London, crossing central London to CEME and highlighting zero emission driving across the Capital’s Low Emission Zone.  Bill Williams said: “As London’s Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, CEME is very proud to be able to offer a site for this hydrogen fuel station and utilise our solar energy to make a fuel for vehicles. It is perfectly located to offer a clean hydrogen source and improve air quality for London”.

Paul Van der Burgh of Toyota (GB) said: “This new facility demonstrates the growing momentum in the development of a new hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the UK. This is good news for customers who are keen to adopt the new technology and for the manufacturers of zero-emission fuel cell vehicles, such as our own Mirai saloon.”

Richard Kemp-Harper of Arcola Energy said that ITM’s  two hydrogen fuel stations  enable Londoners to meet their business, climate and air quality emissions targets. They present a solution for improving air quality in direct competition to the incumbent diesel powered vehicles.

Julia Thomas, Managing Director, Green Tomato Cars, added: “We are delighted to have another hydrogen fuel station open to support our small fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. We have found the stations easy to use and our customers really enjoy riding in a hydrogen vehicle producing zero emissions.”


ITM Power has signed a fuel contract with Arcola Energy to supply hydrogen at £10/kg. The fuel will be supplied from ITM Power’s growing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, part funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and InnovateUK. This is a follow-on agreement to that signed with Symbio FCell and Arcola Energy to provide an integrated package of zero emission commercial vehicles, on-site fuel and after-sales support for UK commercial fleet operators. The fuel agreement provides commercial fleet operators with a secure fuel price to implement their business models.

Dr Ben Todd, CEO Arcola Energy commented: “We are delighted that we can now offer our commercial fleet operators a contract for hydrogen fuel. The price of £10 per kg for green hydrogen supports many of our customers’ business models and is the lowest priced hydrogen in the UK. Key to commercial deployment of hydrogen for fleet operators is a secure contracted price for the fuel and so we are delighted to have signed this agreement which can be passed through to our customers.”

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, added: “This agreement with Arcola, the exclusive importer of the Symbio FCell range-extended Renault Kangoo ZE van, is another step in building a portfolio of fuel customers. Following on from the contracts with Toyota and Commercial Group, we are very pleased to be working with Arcola and to be supporting their fleet customers at our hydrogen refuelling stations.”


ITM is also supplying hydrogen to Commercial Group, the  largest independently owned business services company in the UK.  Simone Hindmarsh-Bye said that they are delighted that they can now  extend their low-carbon hydrogen delivery services to more customers nationwide by utilising the expanding network of hydrogen refuelling stations.   The use of hydrogen continues to demonstrate Commercial’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of their operations and exploring new and innovative technologies to reduce the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels.


The Toyota Mirai at an ITM Power refuelling station

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