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Carillion to trial hydrogen power

18 Jul 11 Carillion has signed up for a week’s trial of hydrogen fuel for its Ford Transit vans.

Hydrogen energy specialist ITM Power signed up Carillion for a one week paid-for Hydrogen On Site Trial (HOST) of its transportable high pressure refueling unit (HFuel). 

HOST "comprises the operation and refueling of two Revolve Technologies hydrogen Ford Transit vehicles, with hydrogen produced on site at the point of use", according to ITM.

The HFuel unit was built with support from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and was launched last year. HFuel is a self-contained module suitable for refuelling hydrogen-powered road vehicles and forklift trucks.

Membership of HOST provides each partner with a one week free trial of HFuel and the two Revolve HICE transit vehicles, and an option to lease both HFuel and vehicles for additional week(s). The demonstrations are managed and operated by ITM personnel in liaison with site owners' operations and management.

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Carillion joins May Gurney, Volker Highways, Enterprise, Amey and Tarmac among other HOST trial partners from the construction sector.

ITM Power CEO Graham Cooley said: "We are delighted that Carillion plc will be joining our HOST trials and has made the commitment to enter into a paid-for trial in July for us to fit in to our busy schedule of trials.  This is a real opportunity for ITM Power to show the benefits of HFuel for producing a clean fuel which demonstrates hydrogen cost 'parity with petrol' and contributes to decarbonising transport, improving air quality and eliminating carbon from the fuel supply chain."

Doug Randell, operations manager for Carillion Fleet & Plant services, added: "At Carillion we want to offer serious low carbon transport solutions for our clients that also enable Carillion to meet its long term goals for sustainability.  We view ITM Power's HFuel technology as playing a potentially important role, and look forward to the commencement of the trial later this month."   

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