BOC’s Hydrogen Refuelling Station in Swindon welcomed a visit from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Mr William Wyldbore-Smith on 6 March.
The High Sheriff, accompanied by Mrs Wyldbore-Smith, came to see the latest advances in sustainable transport at the UK’s first commercial-scale, open-access hydrogen refuelling station.
The station, operated by BOC, a member of The Linde Group, and located on Honda’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, was the first in the UK built to dispense hydrogen fuel at both 350 and 700 bar pressures when it was commissioned in 2011. Since then the facility has refuelled the latest generation of fuel cell vehicles from Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, as well as a London bus and an iconic London black taxi.
Later this year, the station will be further developed with the introduction of on-site hydrogen production by solar powered electrolysis, an indoor dispenser for fuel cell fork lift truck use by Honda and the installation of an Education Centre.
Nick Rolf, BOC’s Innovation Manager – Hydrogen systems, showed the High Sheriff how easy it is for drivers to use the refuelling station. He said: “It was an honour to give the High Sheriff a tour of our facility. The refuelling station is at the heart of Swindon’s role in promoting a sustainable low carbon economy in the region. The planned expansion of the refuelling station this year and the number of vehicles that it will attract, clearly demonstrate that the technology for refuelling hydrogen-powered vehicles is here and now. We look forward to the expanded facility and to Swindon playing a key part in the roll out of a national refuelling network in the future.”
The High Sheriff commented: “It’s good to see this new exciting technology move from prototype to commercial stage of application. This hydrogen refuelling station is a clear demonstration of what is required across the country and I’m very pleased that Swindon is continuing to lead the way”.