Arcola Energy, a leading UK clean-tech business working in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, has secured 15,000 sq ft newly-built premises at Huyton Business Park.
The new premises will house the company’s manufacturing, installation and maintenance facility. In the first year of operation, it will have the capability to build, install and service hundreds of zero-emission vehicle powertrain systems.
Arcola Energy supports vehicle manufacturers to develop, manufacture and deploy zero-emission commercial vehicles. and has a 10-year track record in hydrogen & fuel cell system research & development and engineering.
The manufacturing area of the new site in Huyton will initially be used to produce systems for a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric double deck buses to be deployed in the Liverpool City Region.
Alongside buses and vans, the new facility will support the production of systems for trucks, trains, off-highway vehicles and marine vessels.
As part of the Arcola Energy Education programme, the company will link in with local schools to support training and education in clean energy technologies, helping to raise awareness of careers in zero-emission technologies.
Dale Milburn, Executive Director, Regeneration and Economic Development at Knowsley Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Arcola Energy to join the flourishing high-tech and automotive manufacturing business cluster in Knowsley, creating growth and high quality employment for local people. Arcola Energy’s arrival is further recognition of Knowsley as the prime location for business investment.”
Dr Ben Todd, CEO 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.”
Arcola is due to be operational in Autumn 2019.