Element 2 Hydrogen Refuelling
Bowman Riley is working closely with Element 2, a hydrogen refuelling company. Our involvement with Element 2 began with designing a concept model site for a hydrogen refuelling station for heavy goods vehicles. The success of this initial project led Element 2 to appoint Bowman Riley for further work.
Our team was initially engaged to design a concept model site for a hydrogen refuelling station. The objective was to create a visually appealing and functional design to serve as a promotional tool for Element 2. This would attract potential investors and generate positive press coverage. Various stakeholders greeted the concept model site with great enthusiasm and gave it a positive response.
The design of the concept model site featured several key elements. Canopy structures constructed with a hybrid timber/steel frame and a lightweight roof membrane provided shelter and protection for the refuelling area and other associated infrastructure. Additionally, the design incorporated three hydrogen tank storage bays, enabling safe hydrogen storage for refuelling operations.
Based on the success of the concept model site, Element 2 asked Bowman Riley to submit planning applications for two Exelby service stations. We applied the design principles established in the concept work, ensuring consistency and promoting the hydrogen refuelling concept to a broader audience. The planning authorities approved both planning applications with full planning permission. This demonstrates our design approach’s effectiveness and local authorities’ positive response to the hydrogen refuelling concept.
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