ITM's HFuel unit was built with support from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and was launched at the on 15 September 2010.
Center Parcs is the UK’s leading short break holiday operator with four 400 acre holiday villages. The ITM Power HOST trial will from part of a wider project launched by Center Parcs to investigate its own energy usage and to research energy sourcing alternatives.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: “Center Parcs provides a perfect demonstration of return to base commercial fleet refuelling. We are delighted that an organisation like Center Parcs with such a strong commitment to environmental protection and air quality has joined HOST. Center Parcs are pioneering the leisure industry’s early adoption of clean technology.”
HOST will begin in 2011, and comprises the operation and refueling of two Revolve Technologies hydrogen Ford Transit vehicles, with hydrogen produced on site at the point of use, at sites operated by participating companies and in the Gateway to London development area. Center Parcs joins DHL Supply Chain, London Stansted Airport, The Forestry Commission, Scottish Water, SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy), Scottish Police Services Authority, Vestas Wind Systems AS and Local authorities Sheffield City Council and the London Borough of Camden in the programme.
HOST provides each partner with a one week free trial of HFuel and the Revolve HICE transit vehicles, and an option to lease both HFuel and vehicles for additional week(s). The demonstrations are 100% managed and operated by ITM Power personnel in liaison with site owners’ operations and management.