UK-based ITM Power has unveiled plans to launch a series of large-scale, hydrogen-powered refuelling station designs at the upcoming Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America event, which will be held next month in Las Vegas, US.
The designs have been developed on the basis of electrolyser configurations, measure up to 50MW in size, and are capable of producing up to 20t of hydrogen a day.
There has recently been a substantial increase in demand for larger-scale industrial installations for the refuelling of heavy logistics vehicles, such as road haulage vehicles, ships and trains.
ITM Power CEO Dr Graham Cooley said: “These new refuelling station designs are being launched in response to a dramatic increase in the number of enquiries for refuelling heavy logistics vehicles at large scale, as the viability of hydrogen power continues to gather scale and momentum across a growing number of industrial applications.
“ITM Power is delighted to be in a prime position to support these important transportation sectors as they plan their transition to a greener vehicle fleet to reduce emissions.
“Air quality and fossil-fuel emissions are now a high priority for governments worldwide.”
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Image: Vehicles on road. Photo: courtesy of ITM Power Plc.