October 28, 2014 London, UK
Sainsbury’s has announced the UK’s first supermarket forecourt hydrogen dispenser will be located at its Hendon store by the end of the year. Working with global leaders in hydrogen infrastructure, Air Products, the new dispenser will join a network of existing stations helping bring a breath of fresh air to residents and visitors in London and the South East.
The SmartFuel® station will be able to fuel a growing number of hydrogen-powered fleets driving around the Capital. From hydrogen-powered buses running between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway, to hybrid delivery vans operated by Commerical Group and hydrogen powered taxis already driving on London’s roads; it is clear hydrogen isn’t a fuel of the future, it’s a fuel for today.
Hydrogen powered vehicles’ only by product is water, with little sacrifice to transport performance: they can refuel in less than three minutes and offer drivers the same range and speed as conventional vehicles.
Avishai Moor, Fuel & Kiosk Category Manager from Sainsbury’s said: “Hydrogen vehicles are both environmentally friendly as well as efficient so we are really excited about being the first UK supermarket to trial this new technology and make it accessible to our customers.”
“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,” commented Diana Raine, Air Products’ Hydrogen Energy Business Manager. “We’re already leading the charge with a network of hydrogen stations across London and this additional station will set us in good stead for the UK arrival of commercially available hydrogen vehicles over the next few years.”
Owned and operated by Air Products, the 700-bar SmartFuel® station is being delivered as part of an exciting project aimed at creating the UK’s first hydrogen transport system. The London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project, backed by UK government, is co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK). TSB first supported LHNE in 2012 as part of a £7.5 million initiative to accelerate the commercialisation of projects involving fuel cells and hydrogen energy systems. Its aim was to link smaller-scale projects together to form complete low-carbon solutions.
The LHNE consortium, led by Air Products, will deliver a publicly accessible, state-of-the-art fast-fill 350 and 700 bar hydrogen fuelling station network, over a period of three years. The fuelling station at Heathrow airport can accommodate 350 and 700 bar, and a brand new fuelling station with a matching specification will be built in central London. The creation of this network is particularly important because the hydrogen fuel cell passenger cars due to go on sale in 2014/2015 will require a 700 bar fuelling system.
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.
For more information about the LHNE consortium members please visit:
Air Products - www.airproducts.com
Cenex - www.cenex.co.uk
Commercial - www.commercial.co.uk
Element Energy - www.element-energy.co.uk
GLA - http://www.london.gov.uk/hydrogen
HAL (Heathrow) - www.heathrowairport.com/about-us/community-and-environment/sustainability
Revolve - www.revolve.co.uk
Hyundai - www.hyundai.co.uk
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