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UK opens first full access hydrogen refueling station

The UK’s first open access hydrogen vehicle refueling station has been officially opened at Honda’s manufacturing facility in Swindon.

Built and operated by industrial gases company BOC, a member of The Linde Group, the venture is the result of a partnership between Honda, BOC and economic development company, Forward Swindon. The new station is open to anyone developing or using hydrogen-powered vehicles and it has the capacity to fill vehicles at both 350 bar and 700 bar.

Based on the grounds of Honda’s UK manufacturing site in Swindon, the station aims to encourage the development of both hydrogen-powered vehicles – such as the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car – and the refueling infrastructure to support them. It also creates a strategic link half way along the M4 between London and Swansea. Honda says that as a fully operational, commercial-scale station using tested technology, it is a solution that can be replicated across the country and so create the essential network necessary for the widespread uptake of hydrogen-powered transport.

Among the many innovations of the new station is that it can fill vehicles ‘back-to-back’ from a bank of hydrogen cylinders. This means that vehicles can be filled one after another without having to wait for more hydrogen to be generated. 
Another feature is the design: it looks just like a conventional filling station and the time to fill a vehicle is comparable with conventional fuels. The Honda FCX Clarity, for example, takes less than five minutes.

Speaking at the opening of the facility, Richard Kemp-Harper, lead technologist for transport and energy at the Technology Strategy Board, said: “The change from conventional transport systems to sustainable, low carbon alternatives is one that can only be made through businesses and government working in partnership to develop innovative solutions. This new refueling station gives a real glimpse of the role hydrogen can play in practice. It is a great example of the kind of collaboration and innovation we need.”

Mike Huggon, managing director of BOC in the UK, added: “This is the first commercial-scale, open-access station in the UK. It demonstrates that we can build the infrastructure needed to establish a hydrogen-powered transport system. But even with private and public support – as we have here in Swindon – we need government commitment to make this work across the country as a whole. We can provide the tools but the government has to create the policy framework in which we can build the low carbon infrastructure of tomorrow.”

29 September 2011


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