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23 January 2012 | PR 12/8
Intelligent Energy announces its support for UKH2 Mobility
Business Minister Mark Prisk in a Fuel Cell Black Cab, powered by Intelligent Energy.
Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company that was originally a spin-out from Loughborough University, has become a founding member of UK H2 Mobility, a government and industry group aiming to accelerate the commercial roll out of hydrogen vehicles in 2014/15.
Dr. Henri Winand, Chief Executive at Intelligent Energy said:
“The UK H2 Mobility is a ground-breaking industry led task force. Its job is to roll its sleeves up and ensure that the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from 2014/15 as part of a balanced portfolio of drivetrains. Fuel cell vehicles, storage and refuelling technology are here today, they work! We now need to look at how we can make these elements, together with the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, work most effectively to enable the UK to take full advantage of hydrogen as a transport fuel; stimulating inward investment, GDP growth and securing and creating new jobs”.
Far Left: Intelligent Energy’s CE Dr Henri Winand at the UKH2 Mobility discussion.
The new initiative – UKH2 Mobility – brings together three Government Departments and industrial partners from the utility, gas, infrastructure and global car manufacturing sectors.
The group will evaluate the potential for hydrogen as a fuel for Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles in the UK before developing an action plan for an anticipated roll-out to consumers in 2014/15. It aims to:
- Analyse in detail the specific UK case for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as one of a number of solutions to decarbonise road transport and quantify the potential emissions benefits;
- Review the investments required to commercialise the technology, including refuelling infrastructure; and
- Identify what is required to make the UK a leading global player in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle manufacturing thereby paving the way for economic opportunities to the UK, through the creation of new jobs and boosting of local economies.
“Intelligent’s Energy’s input into this crucial new task force reinforces the company’s preeminent position in fuel cell and hydrogen generation technology platforms,” said Professor Steve Rothberg Loughborough University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise). He concluded: “From the company’s origins in ground breaking transport and chemistry research in the late 1980s to its current status as a leading company employing 250 people worldwide, the University is immensely proud of Intelligent Energy’s achievements.”
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About Intelligent Energy (www.intelligent-energy.com)
Intelligent Energy is a clean power systems company with globally scalable business.
With its proprietary fuel cell and hydrogen generation technology platforms, Intelligent Energy has the building blocks to create bespoke power systems for OEMs and their global mass markets. The company is privately owned and currently employs over 250 people. Its headquarters and main operating site is based at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, with a further operation in Long Beach in the US. The company also has offices in London, Japan and India.
About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.