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Octopus Hydrogen & MIRA Technology Park Partner to Power Clean Mobility Revolution with Green Hydrogen

By November 16, 2021 6   min read  (1010 words)

November 16, 2021 |

Fuel cells works, Octopus Energy Reveals Plans for Expansion Into Green Hydrogen Fuel
  • New Octopus green hydrogen infrastructure to support the world’s fastest-growing cluster of next-gen mobility companies
  • Octopus Hydrogen to build hydrogen refuelling forecourt supplying 300kg of green hydrogen daily to support MTP’s growing community of hydrogen technology businesses

London & Nuneaton. Octopus Hydrogen, Octopus Renewables and MIRA Technology Park today confirmed plans to develop a green refueling forecourt providing hydrogen and EV charging on site at MIRA Technology Park to support the needs of the fastest growing cluster of automotive and mobility technology businesses that are powering the mobility revolution.

  • Octopus Renewables to develop on-site 7MW solar array
  • Octopus Hydrogen to build hydrogen refuelling forecourt supplying 300kg of green hydrogen daily to support MTP’s growing community of hydrogen technology businesses
  • On-site production and distribution of hydrogen is supported by HORIBA MIRA’s testing, measurement and engineering services for fuel cell projects
  • Octopus Hydrogen aim to supplement initial gas storage with liquid hydrogen storage in the second phase of development

Octopus’ solution brings together the group’s hydrogen business focused on providing green hydrogen-as-a-service to accelerate adoption alongside Octopus Renewables, who will supply power from a purpose-built 7MW ground-mounted solar array located alongside the forecourt at MTP.

MTP is home to 40 global titans of the zero-carbon mobility revolution, with a growing number focused on fuel cell technology, and many others seeking to incorporate a green hydrogen solution into their array of different motive power options. On-site green hydrogen supply will catalyse the momentum of the cluster that has recently seen new tenancies announced from companies including REE and Viritech – with the latter exclusively focused on the development of hydrogen technologies.

Octopus’ new on-site generation will supply MIRA Technology Park’s businesses with sufficient green hydrogen to support the equivalent of 60 cars’ worth of fuel per day. On the forecourt, a number of high-power EV chargers delivering up to 300kW will also be installed to build on the existing network of over 70 charging points already onsite at MIRA Technology Park.

William Rowe, Founder and CEO of Octopus Hydrogen, said, “Transport is responsible for a third of all man-made carbon emissions in the UK, and while we are making headway in electrifying cars, we need hydrogen to clean up those sectors that cannot be decarbonised through batteries alone. MIRA Technology Park’s customers are at the forefront of this revolution in sustainable transport and we are delighted to be bringing Octopus Energy Groups capabilities together to deliver both onsite solar electricity and green hydrogen production and refuelling.”

“The integrated green hydrogen and EV charging station is the best representation of the complementary nature of these technologies. This is the first deliverable in our future plans with MIRA Technology Park that includes the ambition to bring liquid hydrogen refuelling on stream in the future.”

Jack Bartlett, Head of Commercial & Partnerships at MIRA Technology Park, said, “The infrastructure that Octopus is bringing to MTP will be another great enabler for our customers and the engineers at HORIBA MIRA to accelerate the development and adoption of clean, green hydrogen technologies to power the way society will move. This new capability meshes neatly into our wider post-carbon energy and electrification competencies and will add yet more momentum to the calibre of mobility technology companies that are electing to make MIRA Technology Park their home.”

About Octopus Hydrogen

Octopus Hydrogen, an Octopus Energy Group company, is positioned to supply ‘green hydrogen as a service’ for heavy goods transportation, energy storage, industrial applications and aviation in UK, Europe and Australia, with the first kilos of green hydrogen to be sold in 2021.

The intent is to remove the infrastructure cost and complexity from the end user and accelerate the adoption of green hydrogen as a fuel. Octopus Hydrogen will bring Octopus Energy’s unrivalled customer centric approach to the green hydrogen supply market.

With the recent acquisition of Octopus Renewables and the world leading Kraken platform, the Group is uniquely positioned to drive down costs and help customers drive the transition to a competitive and 100% green economy.

About Octopus Energy Group

Octopus Energy Group was launched in 2016 with a vision of using technology to make the green energy revolution affordable whilst transforming customer experiences. It is a certified B-corp, and its domestic energy arm already serves 2.5 million customers with cheaper greener power, through Octopus Energy, M&S Energy, Affect Energy, Ebico, London Power and Co-op Energy.

Octopus Energy for Business manages over 25,000 customers with proprietary energy offerings. Octopus Electric Vehicles is helping make clean transport cheaper and easier, and Octopus Energy Services is bringing smart products to thousands of homes. Octopus Energy Generation is Europe’s largest investor in solar energy, managing a £3.4bn portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout the continent.

All of these are made possible by OEG’s tech arm, Kraken Technologies, which offers a proprietary, in-house platform based on advanced data and machine learning capabilities, Kraken automates much of the energy supply chain to allow outstanding service and efficiency as the world transitions to a decentralised, decarbonised energy system. This technology has been licensed to support over 17 million accounts worldwide, through deals with Good Energy, E.ON energy and Origin Energy.

In December 2020, Octopus Energy Group was valued at over $2 billion after closing its second investment round of the year led by international energy companies Tokyo Gas and Origin Energy. With operations in the US, Japan, Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, Octopus Energy Group’s mission to drive the affordable green revolution is going global.

About MIRA Technology Park

MIRA Technology Park is Europe’s leading mobility R&D location for developing the latest automotive technology. It is a national centre of excellence and located in the middle of the UK automotive sector, providing access to 40 major test facilities and the UK’s most comprehensive proving ground. MIRA Technology Park is home to over 40 global OEMs, Tier 1 and specialist automotive technology companies. The purpose-designed campus creates a unique collaborative ecosystem, bringing together world-class facilities and skilled engineers, to provide a location for innovation and technological development.

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