The North West of England is poised to lead the development of a hydrogen-based economy. It has the industry, infrastructure and assets needed to deliver real hydrogen projects. Hydrogen has been produced in the region for many years and several more production projects are underway.
The North West Hydrogen Alliance will:
- Bring together regional and national stakeholders, increasing public awareness of hydrogen
- Provide a prominent voice in the hydrogen debate through its experts and spokespeople
- Present a compelling case for the North West to receive the vital Government support needed to realise the benefits of hydrogen.
The North West Hydrogen Alliance brings together some of the region’s largest and most innovative organisations, each bringing a unique set of skills and assets to the Alliance.
Alliance members represent organisations who want to make the most of hydrogen to drive a low carbon economy and support a green recovery. It is the largest regional membership body dedicated to hydrogen in the UK.
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.
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.
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, 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.
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.
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.
BOC has a long-established presence in the North West, employing over 600 people at our Customer Service Centre in Manchester and at our production sites in St Helens and Runcorn. BOC pioneered hydrogen for vehicles in the UK with its refuelling station in Swindon and its parent company, Linde, has installed over 100 hydrogen refuelling stations globally. Linde is also a leading supplier of hydrogen plants and carbon dioxide capture technology. BOC operates multiple hydrogen plants in the UK, including one at St Helens.
CADENT is the UK’s largest gas distribution network. Its four regions cover the North West and some of the largest cities outside London. Its 130,000km network delivers gas to around 11 million customers every day. Cadent originated HyNet, the North West’s key Hydrogen project, and it leads HyDeploy which demonstrates that a 20% blend of hydrogen can be used effectively for domestic heating and cooking. It is also the leading voice in decarbonising heavy transport such as HGVs, buses and ferries using hydrogen fuel cells.
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 helping our clients create climate change action-plans that enable them to meet their objectives in implementing a net zero strategy. We do this by adding value to our clients, helping them shape their path to net zero and guiding them to deliver by implementing our innovative consultancy, asset optimisation, technology and complex delivery services.
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.
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.
Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management and development consultancy, headquartered in the UK. 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 connects energy, buildings, health and education, environment, transport and water sectors. Our skills encompass planning, studies and design, project finance, technical advisory services, project and programme management. Opening opportunities with connected thinking.
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.
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.
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 NRE 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.
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.
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. Progressive is leading the HyNet North West project via several project development consortia.
Shell is an international energy company that aims to meet the world’s need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries, employing around 86,000 people. In the UK, Shell has been proud to play a vital role in finding and providing oil and gas for more than 120 years. The challenge for the future is to continue to meet growing demand for energy while reducing carbon emissions. Shell is an active participant in meeting this challenge. For more information, visit www.shell.com
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.
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.
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.
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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