Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power is to carry out trials of a hydrogen refuelling project at Stansted Airport.
ITM has developed HFuel, a self-contained way of refuelling hydrogen-powered road vehicles and forklift trucks that can be used on small fleets of both fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles.
Stansted is the latest high-profile name to agree to test HFuel on site. Other companies carrying out trials are RAC, Autoglass, Scottish Water and Sheffield Council.
HFuel is based around a standard freight container and can be expanded after the initial installation, enabling a staged roll-out of hydrogen fuel production, storage and dispensing.HFuel generates hydrogen by electrolysis, compresses it, stores it and dispenses the gas on demand at high pressure. It requires an on-site water and electricity supply but is otherwise an autonomous solution for refuelling hydrogen-powered vehicles.
ITM’s chief executive Graham Cooley said: “Airports are perfect locations for trialling return-to-base hydrogen refuelling.”
The trials will begin in March.