The Hydrogen Mini Grid is sited on The Advanced Manufacturing Park just two miles from the M1 motorway network in South Yorkshire and within reach of the large population centres of Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, giving the facility a very large catchment area and providing the perfect position for a commercial refuelling station.
The site consists of a 225kW wind turbine coupled directly to an electrolyser, 200kg of hydrogen storage, a hydrogen dispensing unit and a 30kW fuel cell system capable of providing backup power generation for nearby buildings. The facility is a showcase for ITM Power’s world-class hydrogen generation equipment and is used to provide retail hydrogen fuel services. The M1 motorway was highlighted as a key route for the early deployment of hydrogen refuelling in the UK in the published UK H2Mobility Phase 1 Report.
The facility develops ITM Power’s modular commercial platform for hydrogen generation systems, Power-to-Gas and refuelling solutions. The system is designed so that energy from the wind turbine is used to provide power for some of the buildings on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, with excess energy being used by the electrolyser to generate hydrogen gas. The gas is then compressed and stored ready for dispensing into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Funded by Innovate UK