Hydrogen filling station could be coming to Rainham

PUBLISHED: 14:55 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:07 06 October 2015

The site would be one of three in London. Picture: David Parry/PA

The site would be one of three in London. Picture: David Parry/PA

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Drivers could be popping into Rainham to charge their hydrogen-fuelled cars within 18 months after developers earmarked the area for their £31million project.

The plans would see an old car park on the CEME site off the A13 become a hydrogen storage unit and fuelling station.

It would form part of the HyFIVE Hydrogen Project launching across major cities in Europe.

Developers are looking to build three units across London by the end of 2017 and have chosen Rainham as one location – but there’s no need to worry about an increase in traffic just yet.

The number of hydrogen-fuelled cars in the capital means the increase in numbers would only be about three a day in the short term, and 10 a day by 2020.

Rainham’s Cllr Jeff Tucker welcomed the plans.

“If it’s good for the environment then it’s the right place for it,” he said. “It’s not a residential area.”

The news follows the opening this week of the UK’s first public hydrogen filling station in South Yorkshire off the M1.

Five car manufacturers have signed up to the project – BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. They have agreed to test out 110 hydrogen fuelled cars across Italy, Denmark, Austria, England and Germany.

There will also be sites in Aarhus, Odense (both Denmark) and Innsbruck, Austria – all to be opened by the end of 2017.

By that time, some of the manufacturers will have started to sell hydrogen-fuelled cars in Europe.

Using hydrogen gas as fuel to power an electric car produces no harmful exhaust emissions, just water vapour. They are quiet and can be twice as fuel-efficient.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is coordinating the project, which has also attracted hydrogen fuel companies The Applicant, Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, Linde and OMV.

He said: “To sell this technology we need to show Londoners and the wider world that this is not science fiction.”

The mayor has also said all new black cabs licensed by TfL must be zero-emission capable from 2018.

No public consultation is proposed for the development, which will be decided on by Havering Council by November 20.

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