Arcola Energy, a leader in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, is setting up shop in the Liverpool City Region to build, install and service zero emission vehicle powertrains for buses and vans.
The company has chosen a newly-built 15,000 sqft manufacturing premises in Knowsley to expand its operations after joining a consortium that has secured £6.4 million to trial up to 25 hydrogen-powered buses in Liverpool.
Buses, vans and more
The new premises will house Arcola’s manufacturing, installation and maintenance facility and will have the capability to build, install and service hundreds of zero emission vehicle powertrain systems in its first year alone.
The manufacturing area of the new site will first be used to produce and install hydrogen fuel cell systems in double-decker buses in partnership with bus maker Alexander Dennis.
An ‘aftermarket’ area of the facility will be used as the main hub for maintenance control and commissioning of the existing and expanded future fleet of Renault Kangoo ZE H2 vans across the UK - the only commercially-available hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicle in the UK.
Alongside buses and vans, the facility will also produce and install systems for trucks, trains, off-highway vehicles and marine vessels.
Educating schools and businesses
In addition, the new site will support training and education in clean energy technologies, working with local schools and businesses to help build skills and awareness of zero emission technologies.
Dr Ben Todd, chief executive of Arcola Energy, said: “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.”
Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Automotive and Energy and Renewables on 1 May 2019