ITM motors ahead with Detroit deal

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CLEAN fuel firm ITM Power has won a contract with the NextEnergy Center of Detroit to carry out an analysis of a hydrogen fuelling appliance.

Under the terms of the £20,000 contract, Sheffield-based ITM will look at the suitability of the device for the European and Asian markets.

Its report is due to be delivered next month.

ITM has developed a high-pressure hydrogen vehicle refueller as part of its Hydrogen On Site Trials (Host) programme. ITM’s innovative electrolyser technology creates high-purity hydrogen from electricity and water.

The group said its report will help NextEnergy evaluate the worldwide market, particularly the potential of European, Asian and Australian markets and sub-markets.

ITM’s chief executive Dr Graham Cooley said: “This contract recognises that ITM Power is best placed to provide the vital information required by the global automotive manufacturers in order for them to plan the development and roll-out of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles.

“This represents an ideal opportunity for the company to continue the working relationship with the NextEnergy Center that developed during the design phase of this long-term project.”

Kelly Jezierski, manager at the Alternative Fuel Based Energy Programs, said: “We are pleased to be progressing to the next phase of the project with ITM Power. This study will be used as the basis for moving to the prototype stage of the project and as the basis of our future funding applications both to the Department of Environment and other funding bodies.”