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8 January, 2008 - 14:19 By Staff Reporter

ITM Power close to unveiling bi-fuel car and home refuelling system

Fuel cell specialist, ITM Power says it is within touching distance of being able to publicly demonstrate an ultra-green hydrogen/petrol bi-fuel car and home refuelling station.

The AIM-listed Saffron Walden company says it has identified a solution to a technical problem with the refuelling system, the only thing that is holding it back from showing off the two technologies.

CEO Jim Heathcote explained: "The externally sourced injection moulded cell modules for the demonstration Home Refueller have exceeded our requirements for safe operation at pressure of 50 bar. In addition they have been tested above our target of 75 bar but at this pressure we do not feel we have yet achieved an acceptable safety margin due to quality control issues. We expect to be able to announce we have resolved this issue shortly."

Updating the market on technical progress in 2007, ITM said that it had made further improvements to component reliability in its Hydrogen Petrol Bi-fuel car and that it was ready to make its public debut.

ITM Power has developed new materials and processes that it hopes will dramatically reduce the cost of fuel cells and electrolysers.

Electrolysers work by converting water and electricity into hydrogen and oxygen.The hydrogen produced can be used as a replacement for fossil fuels and facilitate zero carbon homes and pollution free motoring.

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