Air Products (NYSE:APD) has installed an award-winning Series 100 hydrogen fuelling station at the University of Glamorgan to assist in the development of their hydrogen energy research.
The Series 100 station is the University of Glamorgan’s second hydrogen fuelling station and is situated at their Glyntaff Campus. It will be fed exported hydrogen taken from the University’s facility at the Renewable Hydrogen Research and Development Centre. This introduction of a second station will help support the development of South Wales’ local infrastructure as the Government looks to establish a refuelling network for hydrogen and electric vehicles along the M4.
The University produces renewable ‘green’ hydrogen on campus through a process of electrolysis which uses solar power. Air Products has supplied hydrogen filling equipment to enable the locally produced hydrogen to be transported to other local hydrogen refuelling stations, including the facility at Glyntaff.
Commenting on the announcement, Ian Williamson, European Hydrogen and Bio Energy Director at Air Products and President of the European Hydrogen Association, said: "We are delighted to be providing our award-winning hydrogen station to the University of Glamorgan. The research and development they are carrying out in the field of hydrogen energy is extremely impressive.
"Renewably producing hydrogen is an important piece of the zero carbon transport jigsaw. The University’s onsite production of renewable hydrogen and projects such as our proposed waste-to-energy plant in Teesside which also has the potential to produce renewable hydrogen, clearly show that technology enabling the green production of hydrogen exists today."
Jon Maddy who manages the University’s Hydrogen Centre commented, "This project extends our capability to support hydrogen vehicle research, development and deployment and is part of a coordinated approach to develop an early stage hydrogen infrastructure in the UK."
"We are pleased that this is another demonstration of a successful academic/ industrial project that contributes to Wales’ and the UK’s plans to reduce carbon emissions from transport."
As the UK makes further steps towards developing a low carbon transport system building on milestones such as the recent introduction of five hydrogen London buses, this announcement follows a recent visit from Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change minister, to the US. As part of this visit, Mr. Barker was able to test drive Air Products’ hydrogen powered car and learn more about the technology.
The project has been part-funded by the University, the Department for Transport Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Grant Programme and the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government.