09 Mar 2011 12:03:14
HOST launch open day was successful
ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, held a launch open day for investors, analysts, media and existing and potential commercial partners. The event took place yesterday (Tuesday 8 March 2011) at London Stansted Airport on the occasion of the commencement of the company's HOST (hydrogen on-site trials) programme with first participant, Stansted Airport.
The programme of events began with an address from ITM Power's chairman, Professor Roger Putnam, who was followed by the keynote address from leading motor industry commentator Quentin Willson. Further presentations were made by:
Neil Morgan, head of energy – Technology Strategy Board
Phil Doran, partner and co-founder – Core Technology Venture Services
Dr Andy Jefferson, head of health, safety and environment – London Stansted Airport
Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, made the final presentation before attendees were given the first live demonstration of the company's HFuel refuelling system with two hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) Ford Transit vans.
A total of 300 people attended the launch with representatives from central and local government, NGOs, industry, the media and the City as well as many of ITM Power's shareholders.
Commenting for ITM Power, CEO Graham Cooley said: "Today's well-attended launch demonstrates the increased, and increasing, profile of hydrogen solutions to the key global problems of energy security and carbon reduction. ITM Power is now positioned as an undoubted leader in the field of hydrogen power and storage. I would like to thank all our visitors for their attendance and to thank the speakers for their time and enthusiasm in presenting the case for hydrogen."
Speaking at the launch Dr Andy Jefferson, Stansted Airport's head of health, safety and environment, said: "London Stansted is delighted to be working with ITM Power and launch their ground-breaking hydrogen on-site trial project at the airport. The primary purpose of the trial for us will be to determine the options of using this technology for our existing airside vehicle fleet."
"The airport's average air quality is well within the EU limits but we're always keen to seek and explore new opportunities that will further reduce our emissions and our carbon footprint. This project with ITM Power is just part of the on-going work to reduce the environmental impact of operations at the airport."