ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that following planning approval for a Solar Hydrogen Refuelling Station (SHRS) at The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME), it has signed a memorandum of understanding with CEME.
ITM Power and CEME have agreed to collaborate to bring together FCEV owners, public sector bodies, academic institutions, training providers and industry partners to develop a major hydrogen training and information initiative on the campus at CEME.
ITM Power currently has £11.5m of projects under contract and a further £8.7m in the final stages of negotiation (£20.2m in total).
The H2CEME initiative will have the following strategic objectives:
- Development of a FCEV Maintenance Training Centre
- Development of a Hydrogen Fuel and FCEV Research Institute
- A base for ITM Power’s Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) maintenance team in London
- Development of a FCEV Car Club
- Study to demonstrate electrolyser/PV solar integration
- Hydrogen Education Workshops in collaboration with Arcola Energy
- Upgrade of the Electrolyser to increase capacity of the SHRS
The H2CEME initiative builds on the expertise that ITM Power has developed in safety and compliance. ITM Power currently holds the following positions:
• Secretary of the British Compressed Gases Association Technical Sub-Committee 9, preparing code of practice 41 for hydrogen refuelling stations.
• Chair of the British Standards Institute (BSI) PVE/3/8 mirroring the work of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 197 (Hydrogen Technologies) in the UK;
• Leader of the UK delegation to ISO TC 197;
• Secretary to ISO TC 197 Working Group (WG) 24 on hydrogen fuelling stations;
• UK experts to ISO TC 197 working groups for electrolysers, dispensers and hydrogen quality;
• UK expert to the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) TC 268, WG5, preparing standards to be harmonised to the European Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
In early 2016 ITM Power will install a Solar Hydrogen Refuelling Station (SHRS) at CEME. The station will be deployed as part of the HyFive project and will open shortly afterwards. The HyFive project is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, commented: “CEME is a world class organisation and we are delighted that they share ITM Power’s vision to develop a hydrogen hub. We look forward to working with CEME toward this exciting common goal.”
Bill Williams, CEO, CEME, commented: “It is very exciting that CEME, London’s Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence and ITM Power are setting out our partnership ambitions which are entirely in keeping with London’s ambition to be a leader in the deployment of these technologies.”