Local authorities to test hydrogen vehicles

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Sheffield City Council and the London Borough of Camden have agreed to test hydrogen refuelling units and hydrogen powered vehicles in 2011.

The “Hydrogen On Site Trials” will test two hydrogen internal combustion energy vehicles as well as transportable high pressure refuelling units.

The refuelling units were built by power supplier ITM, the Technology Strategy Board, Gateway to London and Revolve Technologies.

The vehicles are Ford Transits adapted by Revolve Technology.

ITM personnel will manage the operations for one week, and each location then has the option of keeping them on under a lease.

Senior sustainability officer at the London borough of Camden, Gloria Esposito, said: “Commercial vehicle transport is a significant contributor to both air pollution and carbon emissions, and ITM’s scheme presents us with an opportunity evaluate a clean fuel that burns with zero carbon emissions in the heart of the capital.”

DHL Supply Chain, London Stansted Airport and the Forestry Commission have also agreed to join the trials.

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