Sainsbury’s is set to become the first supermarket in the UK to have a hydrogen refuelling station for a new generation of environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Hydrogen supplier Air Products will install the SmartFuel station at the supermarket giant’s Hendon store in North London by the end of the year.
It is part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project – backed by the UK Government and co-funded by Innovate UK – aimed at creating the UK’s first hydrogen transport system.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles’ only by-product is water, can refuel in less than three minutes and offer drivers the same range and speed as conventional vehicles, Air Products claim.
Diana Raine, Air Products’ Hydrogen Energy Business Manager added: “Making hydrogen technology available at a supermarket for the first time is another big step in encouraging the use of cleaner, greener fuels to reduce air pollution and protect the nation’s health.”
A network of 15 hydrogen filling stations will be in place across the country by the end of 2015 as part of a £11 million fund announced by the Government last month.