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Shell opens its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK

Shell has opened its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at its Cobham service station on the M25.

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The new hydrogen station is the first of three Shell plans to open in the UK in 2017.

The new hydrogen station has been supplied by ITM Power and is the first of three hydrogen stations Shell plans to open in the UK in 2017.

Matthew Tipper, vice president, future fuels at Shell said: “Hydrogen has the potential to become a clean and versatile transport fuel for the future, and the Cobham hydrogen site is one of the ways Shell is encouraging the use of alternative fuels to contribute to the energy transition. This will provide customers with hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles the ability to refuel simply and quickly, at one of the largest petrol stations in the UK.”

The hydrogen is generated on-site using an electrolyser which requires only water and electricity to generate the hydrogen gas.

The opening of the new refuelling stations follows similar sites in California and in Germany where Shell is part of a joint venture with the ambition to open a network of up to 400 hydrogen sites by 2023. Shell is in the process of assessing the potential of future projects in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.