ITM Power sells first hydrogen production system

Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has sold its first hydrogen production system to Glamorgan University under a competitive tender process.

The Proton Exchange Membrane electrolyser system will supply around 4kg of hydrogen per day and will be integrated into the university’s existing hydrogen dispensing system at its Renewable Hydrogen Research and Development Centre, located at Baglan Energy Park in South Wales.

The unit includes on-board telemetry to allow its performance to be monitored remotely from ITM Power’s production facility in Sheffield. ITM Power will also give ongoing support to the university to develop its renewable hydrogen system, incorporating the company’s electrolyser and possible future capacity upgrades to the system.

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Chief executive Dr Graham Cooley said: “This is a key stage in the commercial development of ITM Power, having won our first competitive tender for an HFuel© system confirming our competitive price positioning.

“This sale will also allow ITM Power to gain valuable experience in integrating our technology with third party systems operating in real world applications. The Renewable Hydrogen Research and Development Centre at Baglan is a valuable national resource that I am sure will play a significant role in developing the future energy policy of the country. We are proud to play our part in its important work.”

Meanwhile, ITM Power has identified Germany and the US as key markets after launching a series of products at a major exhibition.

The company showcased its range, including its HFlame unit, at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Fair at the Hannover Messe in Germany. The HFlame is an alkaline electrolyser technology producing a premixed oxy-hydrogen flame, which claims to offers a safer and more convenient method than traditional technologies which rely on bottled gases.

The company said that Germany has the largest hydrogen refuelling infrastructure plans in the world, making it a key early hydrogen refuelling market.

ITM said it is examining the possible commercial and grant support opportunities to launch phase two of the Hydrogen On Site Trials programme in Germany with commercial fleet operators.

It said: “The company now has the supply chains in place for the procurement of components, as well as manufacturing routes for each of the CE marked products and is ready to fulfil orders. The company’s integrated systems enable the seamless flow of information, from CAD drawing to final product dispatch.

“It is clear that the key early markets for ITM Power’s products will be Germany and the United States, with the majority of commercial enquiries coming from these two territories. However, commercial enquiries were also received from other territories with significant investments in renewable energy resources.”