ITM Power is dedicated to producing commercially viable hydrogen power sources. The technology for these sources already exists; it simply requires a company with the capital and know-how to bring it to the world. By using water electrolysis, a technique invented over two centuries ago, to separate hydrogen from oxygen, energy can be stored in fuel cells and released.
Hydrogen fuel cells use the same technology that powered space ships, just on a smaller scale. Factories and even personal vehicles may one day use ITM Power’s technology. Just like computers decreased in size from mainframes to personal computers, ITM Power is facilitating the process of decreasing hydrogen engines in size.
As of the end of 2010, many industries and companies around the UK have agreed to allow ITM Power to conduct on-site hydrogen power trials. Some high-profile examples include public services provider Amey, glass repair company AutoGlass, motor vehicle services provider RAC and maintenance services provider Enterprise. These companies share with ITM Power a dedication to promoting the welfare of the environment as well as a desire to stop using so many fossil fuels. The waste products of gasoline pollute the environment, while the waste products of electrolysis and hydrogen fueling are simply water and oxygen.
In the Alternative Investment Markets (AIM), ITM Power has been buffeted by the winds of the global recession as much as any other company. It reached its low in early 2009, and slowly increased in value until early 2011, when it fell again. The markets are waiting to see the outcome of ITM Power’s hydrogen trials begun in late 2010. If these trials lead to solid results, the price of ITM on AIM is likely to shoot back up. In its early days, the company was quite volatile, and in the current period, the stock is also likely to show a lot of volatility.