For any fuel cell electric vehicle or off-grid power system one key question is “where will the fuel come from?” Often the fuel is hydrogen, and although it has been used as an industrial gas for more than 100 years, hydrogen is only now becoming readily available as an energy vector.
Similarly, there are several routes to hydrogen and suppliers offering it, but they need products to use the hydrogen to develop the business case for expanding supply.
Arcola Energy is at the heart of a network of hydrogen suppliers, working with them to develop the routes to supply alongside the uses for hydrogen. Often it is the integration and interfaces that are the most important parts of safe deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell systems. As experts in system integration, we also work closely with fuel cell product suppliers and hydrogen suppliers on the standards and safety aspects of hydrogen systems.
Hydrogen storage is often a key challenge in developing systems, particularly for automotive and transport applications.
Air Products is the hydrogen supplier and operator of three of the UK's hydrogen refuelling stations, including the bus refueller in East London and two public refuellers in North and West London respectively.
Arcola Energy has been working with BOC for several years, mainly supporting integration of the Hymera fuel cell system into more complex systems and providing remote monitoring for systems in the field.
ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions to enhance the utilisation of renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. This includes hydrogen refuelling stations and Power-to-Gas energy storage.