A public hydrogen filling station opens in London that creates the gas on site from tap water and renewable energy. Edward Baran reports.
This hydrogen filling station is open to the public in London It creates the gas on site from tap water and renewable energy -- a first for the British capital. The station uses electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind power to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The whole facility can also be switched on and off by the power company to help them balance demand on the grid. Green power company ITM says it helps the problem of what to do with the UK's excess renewable energy. SOUNDBITE (English) DR GRAHAM COOLEY, ITM CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SAYING: "You can re-fuel it in 3 minutes and it will go over three hundred miles. They are the limitations of a plug-in electric vehicle. You also export the energy from the power grid in a much more effective way." Refuelling at the site fills the tank with 5kg of pressurised hydrogen which costs around of £10 per kilogram, giving a range of around 300 miles. Three different models of hydrogen-powered cars are available in the UK at present, including the Hyundai ix35, though only a handful of people actually drive them. SOUNDBITE (English) JON HUNT, TOYOTA, SAYING: "The issue is dispensing it and delivering it to vehicles which is what we see here today in terms of the new infrastructure being developed. It's the delivery of the fuel and it's a relatively straightforward process to do it." The technology is still nascent -- and, like the cars, hydrogen filling stations remain relatively scarce across Europe. But there are set to be 12 open across the UK by the end of next year.