Arup and ITM Power to collaborate on hydrogen fuel

07 January 2016 Consultancy.uk

Arup and ITM Power have announced a Memorandum of Understanding, through which they will supply each other with expertise and capabilities, to improve the hydrogen energy systems and the refuelling stations network in the UK. The joint offering, providing a means to lower organisations’ carbon footprint, will be targeted at transport and utilities sector players, as well as cities.

ITM Power was founded in 2001, and has since 2004 been floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The company is specialised in the manufacture of integrated hydrogen energy systems, and operates out of premises in Sheffield, the UK, with further offices in Germany, France the US and Canada. The company’s proprietary hydrogen energy solution is unique in a number of ways. It provides rapid response, operates under high pressure, is modular and scalable, and is CE (Conformité Européene) marked and fully compliant.

Hydrogen fuel
Hydrogen fuel cells are a means of storing energy that can be released through a chemical reaction between hydrogen, oxygen and a catalyst. The technology has promised a way of reducing the carbon footprint of vehicles and other energy requiring devices through a clean energy generation process. One way to supply cars with energy required to fuel their path through the world is with hydrogen refuelling stations.

Onsite Hydrogen Station

The agreement between Arup and ITM Power, which involved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will see the firms collaboratively develop hydrogen energy systems as well as refuelling stations. Arup’s wide ranging knowledge and experience in energy systems will synergise with ITM Power’s experience in identifying and deploying hydrogen refuelling stations and energy storage systems at sites across the globe.

The partners will work with transport and utilities sector players seeking to lower their carbon footprint through hydrogen power solutions, thereby further stimulating the burgeoning Power to Gas sector. The partnership will also engage cities with opportunities for them to lower carbon use to meet their energy supply and demand needs.

“ITM Power are pleased to announce this agreement with Arup, which is an excellent opportunity to identify new sites for hydrogen refuelling stations and other energy related projects,” comments Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power.

Alan Thomson, Global Energy Systems Leader of Arup, adds: “We have a world leading energy team and adding hydrogen technology to our portfolio will open up exciting new opportunities for our clients. Arup is delighted to be working with ITM Power to identify deployment opportunities for this exciting and innovative world class technology.”

Since 2015, Ricardo Energy & Environment, then Ricardo-AEA*, has also been involved in promoting hydrogen fuel in the UK, when it was chosen by the Government to run a competition for a £3.5 million scheme to develop seven fully functioning hydrogen fuelling stations in the country.

* In September 2015 Ricardo-AEA rebranded as Ricardo Energy & Environment.

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