UK gets ‘first’ zero-emissions hydrogen refueling station

ITM Power hydrogen refueling station

United Kingdom has got a zero-emissions refueling station for hydrogen-powered cars. BBC reports that the facility is claimed to be the first-of-its-kind in the country.

The site has been developed by ITM Power at the Advanced Manufacturing Park near the M1 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

The refueling station uses electricity generated by a wind turbine to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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While oxygen generated in the process is released into the atmosphere, hydrogen is stored.

About 18 vehicles powered by fuel cells can top up their tanks with hydrogen at the station within a few minutes.

On a full tank the vehicles are able to run for 250 to 300 miles, about adequate for a journey from South Yorkshire to London.

ITM Power is planning to open two more refuelling stations in London.

Currently the UK has only about 20 hydrogen-powered cars on its roads. However, new models are being launched and more are in the pipeline as the technology becomes more efficient and affordable.

Ajith Kumar S