I’ve talked before about the emerging UK hydrogen highway and I’ve named Swindon as one of the possible locations. Well now Swindon is not only a possible location, but it is an official location as this hydrogen fueling stations has made its grand opening.
The station was built by BOC, a subsidiary of Linde which is one of the world’s largest specialty gas suppliers. The new station is on the Honda campus and offers both 350 bar (5,000 psi) and 700 bar (10,000 psi) fueling capabilities, the two most popular pressures among the major hydrogen car makers.
According to Honda, “Based on the grounds of Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, the station aims to encourage the development of both hydrogen-powered vehicles – such as the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car – and the refuelling infrastructure to support them.
“It also creates a strategic link half way along the M4 between London and Swansea. As a fully operational, commercial-scale station using tested technology, it is a solution that can be replicated across the country and so create the essential network necessary for the widespread uptake of hydrogen-powered transport.”
This is just the beginning. At least 6 other hydrogen fueling stations are planned in Great Britain and Scotland. And my guess is that strategically there will be two or more stations build in-between these two locations, covering north to south (and vice versa) drives between the two locations. But, like the great Chinese philosopher Kung Fu Panda once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” then the hydrogen fueling station in Swindon is such a step.