Companies enter hydrogen and carbon capture economy programme

Thirty manufacturing companies from across the UK are taking part in a new programme to prepare for opportunities in the UK’s future hydrogen and carbon capture economy.

In the year-long pilot programme for the Zero Carbon Humber Partnership, the companies will work towards the Fit For Hydrogen (F4H2) and Fit For Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (F4CCUS) standards.

Zero Carbon Humber is a collaboration between 14 partners with the aim of decarbonising the UK’s most carbon intensive region and transforming the Humber into the world’s first Net Zero industrial region by 2040.

F4H2 and F4CCUS are managed by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, based on its proven Fit For model of supplier development.

In the pilot phase, 30 companies will progress through F4H2 and F4CCUS, beginning in November 2022 and running until December 2023.

The programme combines assessment against a variety of business excellence measures with sector-specific assessment and development activities. The Nuclear AMRC’s regionally-based industrial advisors will work closely with the companies to help them close any gaps in their capabilities or performance.

The companies were selected from more than 90 that registered their interest in joining the pilot over the summer.

Ian Livingston, from Zero Carbon Humber, said: “Hydrogen offers a low carbon, scalable fuel source that has the potential to decarbonise major industrial clusters, such as the Humber. We are delighted to see steps being taken to test and develop the capabilities of UK companies to supply the growing hydrogen and carbon capture markets.

“Building these capabilities has never been more important. At Zero Carbon Humber, alongside our East Coast Cluster colleagues, we are currently establishing the key infrastructure to capture millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and will significantly contribute to the supply of low carbon hydrogen across the Humber in the coming decade.”

The 30 participating companies and their main locations are:

• Amarinth, Suffolk
• BEL Valves, Newcastle upon Tyne
• Capula, Staffordshire
• CMP Products, Newcastle upon Tyne
• Fabricom, Middlesbrough
• Fan Systems, Halifax
• Goodwin International, Stoke on Trent
• Graham Hart (Process Technology), Bradford
• Halifax Fan, West Yorkshire
• Hayward Tyler, Luton
• Honeywell Analytics, Berkshire
• HSP Valves Group, Stockton-on-Tees
• Hydrobolt, Wolverhampton
• KGD Enterprises, Hereford
• Laker Vent Engineering, Cheshire
• Langfields, Salford
• LBBC Beechwood, West Yorkshire
• Ledwood Mechanical Engineering, Pembrokeshire
• Parker Hannifin Manufacturing, Barnstaple
• Porvair Filtration Group, Hampshire
• Powertherm Contract Services, Sheffield
• Proeon Systems, Norwich
• Rockford Components, Suffolk
• Score Europe, West Yorkshire
• SL Engineering, Lincolnshire
• Solartron ISA, County Durham
• Sterling Thermal Technology, Buckinghamshire
• Swagelok Manchester, Warrington
• Tei Ltd, Wakefield
• Woodcock & Wilson, Huddersfield.