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Hydrogen fuel station is unveiled

The back of a car powered on hydrogen fuel - generic
The new fuelling station will be able to power up to six vehicles a day

A hydrogen gas fuelling station is being unveiled at the University of Birmingham.

Researchers said the new station was part of a project to see if the gas would be a viable alternative to petrol and diesel in the future.

Engineers will be examining how well five hydrogen-powered vehicles compare with the university's own fleet of petrol, diesel and electric vehicles.

The new fuelling station will be able to power up to six vehicles a day.

A previous hydrogen fuelling station set up in east London to power buses is no longer running.

It had been intended to be a short-term project, and was not re-commissioned afterwards.

Professor Kevin Kendall, of the university's chemical engineering department, said: "We are delighted to be the home of England's only hydrogen gas filling station.

"It is absolutely necessary that we have the means to refuel our fleet of hydrogen powered cars so that we can carry out our research project into the feasibility of hydrogen in a transport context."

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