No Hydrogen Station to Fuel FC Buses in London.



A planning committee in the London, England borough of Havering recently rejected an application for Britain's first hydrogen refueling station. The site, outside the borough's town of Romford, would have supplied hydrogen for three fuel cell-powered buses to be tested in the city as part of a European pilot project.

Citing safety concerns, the Havering Council denied BP's application to add a hydrogen pump at a gasoline station that already hosts a wind turbine. Officials said objections from local residents and reservations on the part of the elected committee about hydrogen's safety prompted the rejection, although the borough's planning department had approved BP's project.

"We have thousands of [gasoline] stations selling [liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)]," said a spokesman for BP, which is considering an appeal of the decision. "It isn't that different."

(LONDON TIMES: 7/18)

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