A £1 million grant from the Welsh government will be used to establish a new body dedicated to building a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Wales.
The funding has been given to hydrogen specialist firm, ITM Power, which will use the money to establish ITM Motive- a wholly owned subsidiary, focusing on the deployment of the firm’s electrolyser-based hydrogen refuelling stations across Wales.
The Welsh government recently joined the UKH2Mobility project as part of its commitment to developing a hydrogen-fuelled economy and established the Welsh Low Carbon Vehicle Steering Group-appointing Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power as a member.
Professor Garel Rhys will chair the new steering group, which consists of representatives from the Welsh Automotive Forum, Cardiff Business School, EV Centre of Excellence, Cardiff University, Toyota Europe, University of South Wales, the Energy Saving Trust, British Gas and SSE.
ITM Motive’s work could see plans for a M4 corridor of hydrogen fuelling stations realised and will explore opportunities to develop a wider network of hydrogen fuel stations across Wales.
The Welsh government is keen to see its section of the M4 developed as a hydrogen corridor, but stations could stretch the full length of the motorway running to London via Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol and Swindon.
ITM Power, which also runs projects in Yorkshire, the Isle of Wight and internationally, has appointed Dr John Newton as MD of ITM Motive. John has been Business Development Manager at ITM Power for nearly two years, prior to which John was CIO for the generation business at RWE Npower.
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power commented: “We recognise the opportunities to benefit from the expertise within Wales and the Hydrogen facilities and project partners of ITM in South Wales. This is also complimented by the increasing penetration of renewable power in Wales and the opportunities to make green hydrogen fuel from wind.”
ITM Motive will initially establish a business development office in Cardiff. The ultimate intention is to establish a facility for assembly and after sales support in Wales. ITM Motive will work closely with the Baglan Hydrogen Energy Centre at the University of South Wales and Ynni Glan, the clean energy consultancy specialising in fuel cells, hydrogen, solar, wind and bioenergy, on the development of a Welsh hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Business Minister Edwina Hart MBE CStJ AM said: “I am delighted that ITM Power recognises the existing expertise that we have in Wales in this particular field and that it is looking to set up a development base here. Attracting investment in next generation technology supports two of our key sectors and I am pleased to offer funding in support of this investment."
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