Honda signs to buy hydrogen fuel from Sheffield company


Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has signed a fuel contract with Honda (UK), who will purchase hydrogen at £10/kg.

The contract covers fuel dispensed across ITM Power’s hydrogen refuelling network, which has been financially supported by Innovate UK, Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

ITM Power, of Sheffield, is currently rolling out a network of 10 hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK of which 4 are now open for public access. Each station produces hydrogen on site via ITM Power’s rapid response electrolyser system, and can refuel a fuel cell electric car in three minutes, providing 300 to 420 miles of clean emission driving, without compromise to drivers’ normal refuelling routine.

ITM Power CEO Dr Graham Cooley said: “We look forward to supporting Honda and its HyFIVE customers with their refuelling requirements for the Clarity Fuel Cell as our hydrogen refuelling station network expands throughout the UK.”

Thomas Brachmann, Automobile Powertrain and Materials Research Expert at Honda R&D Europe added: “We are delighted that customers using Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell in the HyFIVE project can refuel at ITM Power’s hydrogen refuelling stations. Working together with industry partners such as ITM Power, drivers of fuel cell vehicles can enjoy rapid refuelling at one of the growing number of stations across the UK.”
This contract is the seventeenth for refuelling fuel cell electric vehicles ITM Power has signed. Honda joins Toyota GB PLC, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, Commercial Group, Skanska, UlemCo Ltd, Arval UK Ltd, the UK Government Car Service, Arcola Energy, Johnson Matthey, Europcar, The Science Museum, JCB, Anglo American, Green Tomato Cars, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Northern Gas Networks as a fuel customer.