100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

ITM Power created the site at the Advanced Manufacturing Park near the M1 in Rotherham. It uses electricity generated by a wind turbine to split water into its constituent parts: hydrogen and oxygen. A hydrogen car could now fill up with enough fuel for it to reach London from South Yorkshire, the company said.

Rebecca Markillie, of Sheffield based ITM, said: “It’s the perfect solution. It’s a clean fuel utilising wind power, we start with water and end with water”. A hydrogen-powered car only emits water vapour as it runs. The oxygen produced at the site is released into the atmosphere and the hydrogen is stored before being used to refuel fuel cell vehicles. As fossil fuels are not used in the production process, the station is the first carbon-neutral with zero emissions, the company said. Refuelling fuel cell vehicles takes a few minutes and a full tank gives a range of 250-300 miles. Ms Markillie said the site was a small start but the company “can scale up the technology”.

The company also is planning to open two more refuelling stations in London.

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