Largest industry-funded regional hydrogen alliance hits member milestone

FOUR new companies have signed up to join the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) in the UK.
The new members - Fichtner, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Powerhouse Energy and Swagelok – take the membership count to 30, cementing the organisation’s position as the UK’s largest industry-funded regional hydrogen alliance.
It comes as the Alliance throws its weight behind HyNet North West – the UK’s leading hydrogen and carbon capture project – which is seen as critical to delivering the Government’s Hydrogen Strategy and meeting net zero targets.
Professor Joe Howe, chair of the NWHA and executive director, Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester, said: “The growth of the North West Hydrogen Alliance highlights the commitment organisations are making to decarbonisation and their desire to be leading the net zero mission in the North West.
“As the recent Hydrogen Strategy highlights, hydrogen is a vital part of our low carbon future and has the potential to create new green jobs, safeguard our industries and reduce emissions. With the right support from Government for projects like HyNet North West, we can create a world-leading hydrogen economy which can be replicated globally.”
Paul Noble, business development Manager at Fichtner, added: “Fichtner is delighted to join the North West Hydrogen Alliance to play our part in the development and, most importantly, construction of the exciting portfolio of hydrogen projects in the North West of England.
"Our engineers bring technical excellence coupled with practical experience to projects – this will help to manage risks and support investment in hydrogen projects – which are crucial to delivering the net zero energy transition.”
Charlie Whitford, director of north west and regions, Strategic Development, MTC, said: “The Manufacturing Technology Centre is delighted to be joining to support the hydrogen and clean energy transition within both the North West and wider UK. Supporting the delivery of net zero, including hydrogen, is core to our vision for future UK manufacturing.
"Through our Liverpool, Midlands and South East facilities, we are supporting the next generation of green manufacturing technologies to ensure clean growth, stimulate investment in the UK supply chain and create and safeguard North West and wider UK jobs in hydrogen.”

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