The trial will begin on March 7, with a special launch event taking place at the airport’s Hilton Hotel on March 8. During the trial, hydrogen produced by the on-site HFuel system will power the two Ford Transit vans. These vehicles will form part of the airport’s fleet and will be assessed by staff under every-day driving conditions.
“We are extremely proud of the fact that air quality levels at Stansted are lower than the limits set by the EU. It is by continually focusing on our environmental performance that we will be able to maintain and improve those levels further. The project with ITM is a key part of this strategy and by working in partnership with them, we can evaluate whether hydrogen is a viable alternative fuel for airport vehicles,” stated Andy Jefferson, Stansted Airport’s head of health, safety and environment.
The HOST program provides each partner with a one week free trial of the HFuel system and two Transit vans.
“HOST will be the largest multi-sector trial of hydrogen refuelling for transport in the UK, involving 20 major partner organisations. Airports are perfect locations for trialling return to base hydrogen refuelling and we are delighted that London Stansted airport will be the location from which we launch the HOST program,” added Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power.