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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Progressive Energy

Progressive Energy is a clean energy project developer focusing on decarbonisation of the ‘hard to reach’ sectors of the economy such as industry, transport and heat. Hydrogen is a fundamental element of the future low carbon economy, and we are at the heart of shaping many of the projects, technology developments and regulatory thinking required for this transition.
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Halton Borough Council

Halton Borough Council is one of the UK’s smallest unitary authorities but has an enviable reputation for the delivery of large scale, complex regeneration and infrastructure projects. For example, Halton Borough Council recently delivered the Mersey Gateway, the largest infrastructure project undertaken by a single Local Authority in the UK. The total project will cost £1.86 billion over the full thirty year build and operation period.
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Thyson

Thyson Technology Limited, based in Ellesmere Port, is primarily an instrumentation and control (gas) engineering system and solutions provider with specialist knowledge of working and installing equipment with hazardous areas. We have provided detailed design and project delivery across a number of sectors for over 25 years including UK refinery’s, Offshore O&G, Natural Gas Transmission and GDN networks. Our in-house engineering capability provides Thyson with the platform to innovate and problem solve with safety in mind at all times. We have delivered the UK’s first Natural Gas / Hydrogen blending solution at Keele and are keen to play our part in delivering net zero by 2050.
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Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is a US$2bn engineering, management and development consultancy. We’re involved in solving some of the world’s most urgent social, environmental and economic challenges, helping governments and businesses plan, deliver and sustain their strategic goals, responding to humanitarian and natural emergencies and improving people’s lives. Our expertise by sector includes energy, buildings, health and education, environment, transport, water and more. Our skills encompass planning, studies and design, project finance, technical advisory services, project and programme management, management consultancy and beyond. In the energy sector, we are focused on the future of energy, using technical excellence and innovation to enable our clients to deliver the transition globally.
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Orbital

A leading technology, engineering and support provider to renewable gas integration & innovation projects, having been involved in the UK’s first pilot biomethane injection plant and also the first commercial facility. Orbital are actively involved in the HyDeploy project, providing innovative engineered solutions to this first-of-its-kind project. Decarbonisation of energy networks forms a key strategic pillar of Orbital’s plans to support the transition towards the nation’s decarbonisation targets, within which Hydrogen plays an essential role for Orbital and the decarbonisation journey as a whole.
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Penspen

Penspen provides services across the entire project lifecycle to help clients develop new energy assets and optimise existing assets, from wellhead to storage and distribution. For over 65 years, we’ve worked on over 10,000 projects in over 100 countries for oil companies, utilities and infrastructure owners. From concept, design, engineering and project management, to asset integrity and asset management services, these include risk and corrosion consultancy, operations, maintenance, rehabilitation and decommissioning. We provide customised services and fully integrated programmes. Penspen is a member of the Dar Group, an international network of engineering firms, comprising of over 19,000 staff and serving a wide range of industries.
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ABB

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. For more than 130 years, ABB has created technologies that stimulate economic growth and improve people’s lives. Today, we remain focused on delivering leading-edge products, services and solutions for our customers and are working to further enhance the eco-efficiency of these offerings to support the fight against climate change and conserve non-renewable resources.
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Alstom

Alstom is a world leader in delivering sustainable and smart mobility systems, from high-speed trains, regional, suburban and metro trains, trams and e-buses to integrated systems, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility. Alstom has produced the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered trains and put them into service in Germany. Built in our Widnes facility in the North West, we will provide the UK with hydrogen powered trains, decarbonising the UK’s railway network with the world’s first hydrogen train conversions.
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AXIS

AXIS is an award-winning planning and environmental consultancy, providing planning support for a range of energy development projects. This includes the UKs first ‘Plastics to Hydrogen’ facility at Protos, the UKs largest CCU plant at Tata Chemicals, and AXIS are part of the WSP team providing planning advice for HyNet North West's CO2 pipeline. AXIS has extensive experience in the energy sector including securing planning permission, preparing applications, undertaking renewable energy studies, and providing advice on planning and the implications of energy legislation and policy.
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Bilfinger

Bilfinger UK are a trusted Engineering and Services partner, delivering intelligent solutions to customers across the UK via our highly skilled workforce of over 2,500 employees operating from 8 UK offices. Headquartered in the North West of England, we are strategically placed to support the NWHA in the drive towards a sustainable energy future for the region. Our services cover all life cycle phases from planning and design through development and construction as well as commissioning, maintenance, modification and decommissioning.
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Uniper

Uniper is a leading international energy company with around 11,500 employees and activities in more than 40 countries. With about 34 GW of installed generation capacity, Uniper is among the largest global power generators. In the UK, Uniper operates a flexible generation portfolio of seven power stations and a fast-cycle gas storage facility. Our Engineering Academy delivers technical training and government-accredited apprenticeships, and a broad range of commercial activities are offered through our Engineering Services division. Uniper is actively driving decarbonisation, with clean hydrogen technologies at the cornerstone of our strategy to make our European power generation portfolio carbon-neutral by 2035. We are a pioneer in the field of hydrogen with knowledge of the entire value chain, gained from our practical experience. Uniper was one of the first to implement power-to-gas technology – using wind power to produce hydrogen and feed it into the gas grid – with our plant in Falkenhagen, Germany built in 2013.
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