England's first hydrogen station opens
The only hydrogen gas fuelling station in England has been opened at the University of Birmingham.
Engineers at the learning institute will compare their five hydrogen powered vehicles with the university's current fleet of petrol, diesel and pure electric machines.
The fuelling station has been provided by hydrogen developer Air Products and has an integrated hydrogen compression, storage and dispensing system, capable of refuelling up to six vehicles per day.
Professor Kevin Kendall, lead investigator from the University's department of chemical engineering, said: "We are delighted to be the home of England's only hydrogen gas filling station.
"It is absolutely necessary that we have the means to refuel our fleet of hydrogen powered cars so that we can carry out our research project into the feasibility of hydrogen in a transport context."
BMW has recently claimed to have devised a new method of storing hydrogen fuel in cars. Motor Trend reports that a system of cryo-compression has been developed which allows the fuel to be stored in either its gaseous or liquid form.
Article Date: 17 April 2008
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