Shell installs hydrogen pump at Beaconsfield

Written by Mark Evans

Shell has announced that it has installed a hydrogen option at Beaconsfield refuelling station, the first ‘under the canopy’ in the UK. The new hydrogen refuelling station, situated on the M40 is fully owned and operated by ITM Power.

The new facility follows the launch of the first fully branded and public hydrogen refuelling site in the UK at Shell Cobham in February 2017, and is the fifth hydrogen refuelling site in the UK to be supplied by ITM Power - helping to start a larger network of such facilities across the UK. It is also the first station that is part of the H2ME project - an initiative partially funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), and the UK’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles convert hydrogen into electricity to power the engine and produce only heat and water when driven. They can travel up to 700 kilometres on a single tank and can be refuelled in a few minutes, giving them several advantages over electrically charged vehicles, alongside the lower complexity.

Mike Copson, Hydrogen Business Development Manager at Shell, said: “We’re delighted to be opening a new refuelling site at Shell Beaconsfield, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to hydrogen as a vital part of the UK’s future transport system. Bringing hydrogen under the canopy for the first time is a fantastic step towards making it a convenient and viable fuel choice for UK drivers.”