11 May 2022

Cranfield launches hydrogen refuelling station

New facility forms part of university’s hydrogen research initiative.

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Cranfield University, UK, has opened a new hydrogen refuelling station on its campus.

The Fuel Cell Systems HyQube350 dispenser is located near Cranfield Airport to enable access for zero-emission ground support vehicles.

The facility is set to be used for researchers working on autonomous vehicle development. It is currently being used by the university’s fuel-cell bus as part of the university’s Hydrogen Research Network.

Current research includes the HyPER project, which examines the potential for low-carbon hydrogen to be the fuel of the future, and the ENABLEH2 initiative, which researches the use of liquid hydrogen in civil aviation.

Jon Horsley, Transport Systems Development Manager at Cranfield University, said, “Cranfield has a long history of hydrogen-related research across aviation, automotive and energy system applications. “The HyQube further builds on this. It can provide up to approximately 4kg of hydrogen per hour into a vehicle and will enable either on-road or off-road vehicles, in addition to agricultural or military vehicles, to be developed using Cranfield’s hydrogen technology.”