The UK’s first commercial-scale, open-access hydrogen refuelling station was the setting for a Royal visit on Thursday 10 November.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent was able to see for himself a vision of a sustainable transport future, developed by industrial gas and engineering company BOC, economic development company Forward Swindon and car giant Honda.
The refuelling station, operated by BOC, a member of The Linde Group, and located on Honda’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, is the first in the UK built to dispense hydrogen fuel at both 350 and 700 bar pressures. However, the station looks just like a conventional forecourt and the filling process takes a similar time to petrol or diesel stations.
The Duke has a keen interest in technology and in motoring, so the station provided an ideal opportunity to explore an area where the two fields coincide.
Nick Rolf, Innovation Manager at BOC, said: “It was a real honour to be able to show the Duke this latest technology. With car manufacturers like Honda developing road cars powered by hydrogen and infrastructure providers like BOC installing refuelling facilities across the globe, the future for sustainable hydrogen transport looks increasingly bright.”
The Chief Engineer at the Honda facility, Mike Godfrey OBE, added: “Honda is committed to the development of sustainable, low carbon mobility. However, we need to partner with other organisations who can provide the refuelling infrastructure if the hydrogen economy is to succeed. This station is a prime example of how a partnership can deliver the innovation and development needed.”