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 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.
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 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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