Partners

Our Mission

The North West of England is poised to be the UK’s primary region for the development of a hydrogen-based economy. The region’s reputation as the industrial North – including the necessary industries, academia, innovation, skills and natural assets – means it is in pole position to grasp the opportunity of hydrogen use.

Partners

The North West Hydrogen Alliance brings together some of the region’s largest and most successful organisations, each seeking to develop the North West as the UK’s leading hydrogen economy.

Atkins Global

Part of the SNC-Lavalin Group, Atkins Global is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Headquartered in the UK, Atkins has a global reach, with 18,000 employees, and leads in the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors.
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BOC

BOC has a strong and long-established presence in the North-West. We employ more than 600 people at our UK-wide Customer Service Centre in Worsley, Manchester. Our St Helens site, which has been operating for over 40 years, produces gases – including hydrogen – for supply to the local glass works and other regional manufacturers. BOC also has production facilities at Runcorn. BOC’s Expertise With Hydrogen BOC is part of the Linde Group. There are more than 100 Linde hydrogen refuelling stations installed throughout the world which together have completed more than a million refuellings. We are a Steering Group member of the global Hydrogen Council. Clean energy and low carbon fuels are an increasing part of our portfolio. We pioneered hydrogen for vehicles in the UK with the first commercial scale hydrogen production and refuelling station at Honda in Swindon. We now operate the Aberdeen Bus Station, which powers 10 (soon to be 20) hydrogen buses. Since its launch in 2015, the station has had an availability rate of 99.4%, helping to prove the viability and reliability of zero emissions transport and encourage its wider adoption. BOC currently provides refuelling equipment and expertise to companies such as ITM Power and Shell who are building and/or hosting fuelling stations. Linde Engineering is one of the leading suppliers of hydrogen plants globally and this expertise has led to the development of technologies such as the ionic compressor and constant pressure tubes, which together make hydrogen refuelling efficient and cost effective Linde is developing 14 hydrogen-fuelled passenger trains in partnership with Alstom in Germany. These trains – with the same performance as a regular train but generating zero emissions – will be able to run for up to 1000 km. In terms of hydrogen production, BOC operates several plants across the UK, including one in St.Helens and also the largest independently owned hydrogen plant in the UK, located in Teesside. Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) A further area of interest to BOC is the application of carbon capture to large-scale hydrogen production. BOC has been at the forefront of efforts to deliver a demonstration scale CCS plant in the UK. Working alongside partners Drax and Alstom, BOC developed the White Rose project through to FEED stage, including detailed technical studies, costings, commercial structures and project financing. Although the project ultimately failed when Government funding was withdrawn, BOC learnt significant lessons from the experience and is therefore well positioned to take forward similar projects, such as commercial scale hydrogen production with CCS. More broadly, the Linde Group also leads on carbon capture technologies, participating in the first oxy-fuel demonstration project at Schwarze Pumpe in Germany and also partnering with BASF on post combustion carbon capture pilot plants in Germany and the USA. Hymera BOC’s Hymera is the world’s first commercially-viable, low-carbon, hydrogen fuel cell generator – a flexible alternative to small petrol and diesel generators or large battery banks. Providing up to 175 watts of peak power, Hymera uses ground-breaking hydrogen fuel cell technology to produce electricity from the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen from the air. Applications include task lighting (e.g. railway and tunnel maintenance work), security cameras, environmental monitoring and process control systems. Hymera can be up to 75% cheaper than conventional diesel generators for loads up to 150 watts and is almost silent – an ideal power solution for covert operations or in environments where noise pollution must be avoided. The only exhaust is water vapour, so Hymera can be used in tunnels and other restricted spaces. A 50W camera powered by a conventional diesel generator will emit 2.5kg of CO2 per hour. The CO2 footprint of the same camera powered by Hymera and hydrogen will be less than 20g per hour.
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Cadent

CADENT owns and operates four of the UK’s gas distribution networks. Covering the North West – and some of the largest cities outside London – its network uses over 130,000km of pipeline to deliver gas to around 11 million customers. The company is behind HyNet, a major project in the North West to produce and distribute hydrogen, reducing carbon emissions from industry, domestic heat and transport.
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Costain

As a smart infrastructure solutions company, Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-led programmes to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation sectors. Costain is delivering numerous high profile contracts across the whole asset life-cycle through the delivery of innovative consultancy, asset optimisation, technology and complex delivery services.
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Peel Environmental

The Peel Group is a privately owned UK infrastructure and property investor with assets owned and under management of over £5Bn, centralised in the North West of England. Its portfolio of investments ranges from ports, airports and energy, to commercial property, retail and logistics. Peel Environmental owns key infrastructure which may be critical to successful implementation of decarbonised energy in the North West including Protos, and through Peel Ports, the Manchester Ship Canal and the Port of Liverpool. Peel is a strong advocate of the North West as an exemplar cluster in the development of UK decarbonised energy based on hydrogen which sits at the heart of the Energy Innovation District.
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Shell

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit www.shell.com
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INOVYN

A premier chemical company, INOVYN is at the heart of Europe’s chemical industry. Our products find use in almost every aspect of modern society, keeping people housed, healthy and connected. Our products are used in some of the most demanding applications and are fundamental raw materials for industry sectors as diverse as automotive; building and construction; paints and adhesives; food; healthcare and medical; personal care; pulp and paper; textiles; and water treatment. With more than 4,300 employees, INOVYN has manufacturing, sales and marketing operations in eight countries across Europe. Our well-invested, world-scale assets are complemented by an extensive international supply chain, which provides INOVYN with an excellent competitive position around the world.
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Thornton Science Park

Thornton Science Park is a high-tech home for innovative and growing businesses in the energy, environmental, automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors. Located within the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone and offering 1.1 million sq.ft of space, Thornton provides a base for new technologies to be developed, tested and deployed in the surrounding industrial heartland.
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Otto Simon

An engineering consultancy based in Manchester, Otto Simon has a 140-year heritage in gas processing, thermal processes, and technology selection, and is now at the forefront of technical innovation currently employed in the developing hydrogen market. Otto Simon is working on pioneering UK hydrogen projects, providing practical hands-on engineering expertise to the feasibility studies, due diligence, commercialisation and re-purposing of conventional gas equipment to utilise blended hydrogen or pure hydrogen as a fuel source.
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Storengy UK

Storengy UK operates the Stublach Gas Storage Project, a salt cavern storage facility in Cheshire. Once fully completed, the scheme will be the largest onshore gas storage facility in the country and will enhance the security of supply to the UK market. The gas delivered by Stublach is already enough to supply 6% of the GB peak 1-in-20 peak demand. This represent, nearly 14 GW, more than 4 times the energy delivered by Hinkley Point C.
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