Arcola Energy will open a manufacturing, installation and maintenance facility for hydrogen and fuel cell technology to power buses in Liverpool, UK.
The UK clean-tech business has secured a 15,000sqft premises for expansion into the Liverpool City Region borough of Knowsley.
The new facility will have the capability to build, install and service hundreds of zero emission vehicle powertrain systems in the first year of operation.
The manufacturing area of the new site will first be used to produce and install hydrogen fuel cell systems in a fleet of double-decker buses, to be deployed in the Liverpool City Region, and supported by a £6.4m ($8.3m) award from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
The buses have been developed through a partnership between Arcola Energy and bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said, “The Liverpool City Region is at the forefront of green technology with a low carbon sector worth more than £2bn ($2.6bn) to our economy, employing 22,000 people.”
“We will be the first place in the North of England to trial hydrogen buses, following a successful £6.4m ($8.3m) bid to the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and I am delighted that Arcola Energy, one of the partners in the project, has chosen to create its manufacturing and fleet support facility in our area.”
Dr. Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola Energy, added, “I look forward to working with all of our partners across the Liverpool City Region and beyond to contribute to delivering the clean air aspirations of the city region.
“On a personal note, I am delighted to be returning to my childhood home, fulfilling my dream of 20 years ago to build a clean-tech business in Liverpool city region.”