News & Awards
20th Dec 2023
We’re proud to announce that at our Cairn Lodge Services, on the M74 in Lanarkshire, we have launched a cutting-edge electric vehicle (EV) charging facility powered by hydrogen.
This marks the first-of-its-kind deployment of a hydrogen-powered generator connected to EV chargers at a UK service station to accelerate the rollout of EV charging infrastructure; and a proactive step to bridge the energy grid gap by using hydrogen power.
Westmorland have partnered with GeoPura to connect its HPU, fuelled by green hydrogen, to Westmorland EV Chargers, provided by SWARCO Smart Charging. The GeoPura HPU supplements the current grid supply and provide suitable electricity for EV charging at the service station.
Nabil Subuh, CEO of Westmorland Family said, “Cairn Lodge Services is excited to offer the first hydrogen powered EV chargers on the UK motorway network. The rapid growth of the EV market has underscored the pressing need for accessible and reliable charging facilities.
“As EV adoption soars, the pressure on the electrical grid has become increasingly evident, leaving businesses like Westmorland to look for creative, sustainable alternatives until there is sufficient grid capacity. We want to be at the forefront of this sustainable and eco-friendly EV charging revolution, providing a convenient, green charging to our customers.”
“To the customer, the charging experience is no different to a grid connected charger, and by utilising this new technology we can provide much needed EV charging facilities sooner, meeting the growing demand without having a negative impact on the environment.”
From 12th of December EV drivers visiting Cairn Lodge Services will have access to 6 ultra-rapid Westmorland EV chargers from SWARCO Smart Charging powered by green hydrogen until a suitable electrical grid connection is established.
This innovative solution offers seamless scalability for off-grid EV charging in various applications, even in areas where grid upgrades are delayed or not feasible.
By incorporating the GeoPura HPUs Cairn Lodge Services is overcoming electrical grid capacity restraints and avoiding delays to the opening of its EV charging facilities. It will now be able to meet the demands of the holiday season and the expected surge in EV charging requests throughout the Christmas period.
Andrew Cunningham, CEO of GeoPura, added: “If we can charge our EVs from the grid, where in the UK 50% of the energy is renewable, that is by far the best option. However our existing distribution grid wasn’t designed to provide the energy required for an electrified transportation network. This means that many locations where we need to charge our cars don’t have sufficient power available to give the service that their owners require.
“Westmorland Family are to be congratulated for seeking innovative solutions to this challenge and implementing a combination of battery and renewable hydrogen fuel to enable them to augment their electricity grid connection and provide all the power their customers need during peak times.
“GeoPura’s HPU EV charging solution presents a game-changing approach to maximise electrical grid capacity and ensure seamless and sustainable charging for EVs, today!”
The GeoPura HPU harnesses the power of hydrogen to generate electricity, offering a clean and efficient alternative to traditional diesel generators to provide off-grid and supplementary power for EV charging. GeoPura units utilise a fuel cell system that converts hydrogen gas into electricity, emitting only water as a by-product.
Anne Buckingham Managing Director SIS, part of SWARCO Smart Charging, says securing power from the grid has become an ongoing issue for businesses committed to decarbonising transport: “It is a challenge we see across many of our EV charging projects, so we are delighted to collaborate on this innovative project. The introduction of hydrogen power is a novel solution to accelerating the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure until the distribution of electricity can catch up with the demand from new EV charging sites.”
The Cairn Lodge Services, GeoPura and SWARCO partnership sets a precedent for the future of EV charging infrastructure, offering a practical and sustainable solution to challenges posed by the rapid growth of the EV market.