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The UK has a target of reducing carbon emissions by at least 80% in 2050 relative to 1990.
One of the ways that this target will be met is through creative ways of reducing emissions at the tailpipe.
Cars using hydrogen fuel cells produce zero emissions at the tailpipe.
BOC is proud to be a founder member of the UKH2Mobility programme, launched by the Government in January 2012.
Read UK H2 Mobility's 'Phase 1 Results' (PDF 1.3MB) which summarises the analysis that has enabled the creation of a realistic roadmap for the introduction and roll-out of FCEVs in the UK, starting from 2015, together with an evaluation of the benefits of its implementation.
Click here to read the article 'Making hydrogen mobility a reality' (Published April 2014 in Gas International)
You can read more about BOC, hydrogen fuel cells and UKH2Mobility in The Telegraph.
The Hydrogen Refuelling Landscape
In order to make zero emissions a reality, a number of items need to be made available – fuel cell technology, vehicles converted or manufactured using the technology and a refuelling infrastructure.
Fuel cell technology has been available for around 5 years now and a number of vehicle OEMs, including Honda and Daimler have been producing cars and other vehicles incorporating the technology since 2009. Not only can cars use hydrogen fuel cell technology, but also buses, scooters, motorcycles, vans and taxis. Cars incorporating fuel cell technology are not affected by topography or environmental conditions and their range is approaching that of a conventional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle.
At the same time hydrogen refuelling units have been developed from small scale refuellers that can refuel one bus per day to large refuelling units that can service several vehicles per hour. The Linde Group have been at the forefront of developing refuelling solutions that are of a commercial scale, capable of filling several vehicles an hour at both 350 and 700 bar pressures. To date, Linde have installed over 50 refuelling stations in the USA, Germany and also in the UK.
A state of the art hydrogen refuelling station was operational at Honda of the UK Manufacturing, Swindon, England in August 2011. The project was a public/private partnership between BOC, Honda UK and Forward Swindon, the economic development arm of Swindon Borough Council. The station provides refuelling capability at both 350 & 700 bar and is capable of refilling 4 cars per hour. The station is available on an open basis for companies and individuals who have a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
View our video to find out more about the UK's first open-access hydrogen vehicle refuelling station:
A full turnkey solution
BOC provides the full hydrogen refuelling solution. Dependent on your need, we can provide the following:
- the refuelling station including container, hydrogen dispenser and swipe card reader system.
- hydrogen supply to the station, whether it is MCP or trailer solution, all at guaranteed purity levels.
- canopies to protect your users and the dispenser.
- a screen solution to hide the container.
- a full support service during the operation of the hydrogen refuelling station.
- advice on how the site should be set up from a civil design perspective.
To find out more about the Hydrogen Max Fueller 90 refuelling station, please call us on 01483 244822.
UK’s first commercial scale green hydrogen refuelling facility opens in Swindon
30 October 2014
A consortium of leading businesses including BOC and Honda joined the Swindon Mayor, Cllr Teresa Page, and other dignitaries at a ceremony to mark the official launch of the UK’s first commercial scale solar-powered hydrogen production and refuelling facility and saw a demonstration of ‘green’ hydrogen production and low carbon hydrogen transport in action. Watch our video to find out more: