About the new M23 Gatwick Airport Hydrogen Refuelling Station: The new Gatwick Airport HRS is ITM Power’s eighth UK public access HRS and joins Cobham on the M25, Beaconsfield on the M40, Rainham in Essex on the A13, Teddington in London, Rotherham on the M1, Kirkwall in Orkney and Swindon on the M4 corridor. The new HRS lies just off the M23 linking the M25 with the South of England. The station uses electricity via a renewable energy contract and water to generate hydrogen on-site with no need for deliveries.
Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick (IATA: LGW), is a major international airport near Crawley in West Sussex, southeast England, 29.5 miles (47.5 km) south of Central London. It is the second-busiest airport by total passenger traffic in the UK, after Heathrow Airport and is the ninth busiest airport in Europe.
The Pan European H2ME2 project: The new HRS is the second of two stations in the UK to be deployed as part of the pan European H2ME2 project, which was funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) and the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the FCH JU said: “It is always with pride that we see how FCH JU support helps to build up the necessary hydrogen infrastructure for the prompt mass deployment of fuel cell vehicles. We are fully committed to ensure that Europe is at the forefront of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. We have already supported over 50 hydrogen refuelling stations through our H2ME programme and, with initiatives like the European HRS Availability System, we aim to ensure that drivers soon can choose hydrogen-based, clean means of transport throughout the continent – and have reliable information to do so. This new hydrogen refuelling station, located in a strategic transport hub like Gatwick, where synergies with other transport modes can be reached, marks a big step forward towards a cleaner transport sector.”
Mike Copson, Hydrogen Business Development Manager at Shell commented: “We are pleased to be expanding our network with the opening of our third Shell branded hydrogen refuelling site, and fulfilling our initial commitments alongside our partner ITM Power. Likewise, we are looking forward to further expanding the hydrogen network with three new sites over the next year as part of our commitments to the OLEV Hydrogen for Transport Programme initiative.”
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power said: “Gatwick Airport is an important new hydrogen refuelling station. Siting this HRS at the UK’s second largest Airport and supporting the roll out of FCEVs on the
Jon Hunt, Manager, Alternative Fuels at Toyota said: “Toyota Mirai hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles on the UK roads have already covered almost 2 million emission free miles and the opening of another hydrogen station by ITM Power conveniently at Gatwick Airport on the Shell forecourt will open the door for new customers and allow current users to increase the number of fast filling zero emission hydrogen vehicles they operate. Congratulations to ITM, Shell and the other partners who have delivered this fantastic new site.”
Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK said: “The opening of the latest addition to the ITM refuelling station network will significantly enhance consumer confidence in hydrogen fuelled vehicles. Offering existing customers an alternative refuelling option, it also sends a strong message that the UK’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is continuing to develop into one that will be able to cope with increased demand in the future.”
Tim Norwood, Corporate Affairs, Planning and Sustainability Director, Gatwick Airport, said: “Gatwick Airport is delighted to host a hydrogen refuelling station provided by ITM Power, to encourage the further take-up of clean emission transport for visitors to the airport and local fleet operators. We recognise the value of hydrogen as a renewable clean fuel that can contribute towards our decarbonisation and air quality objectives, and we look forward to its expanding role in transport and energy.“
Jonny Goldstone, Managing Director at Greentomatocars said: “Gatwick’s HRS coming on line is a major boost to our hydrogen strategy – it gives us and our drivers peace of mind and extra efficiency for the large number of fares we cover south of the M25, and is another major step in the right direction towards zero emission ground transport for London and the South East in particular. Combined with the existing infrastructure, the Gatwick station means we are now able to provide our Zero Emission executive service as far afield as Birmingham, Brighton and Bath!”