Arcola Energy is a leading specialist in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Manufacturing, Installation and Fleet Support Facility

manufacturing and servicing facility

Arcola Energy, a leading UK clean-tech business working in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, has secured 15,000 sqft newly-built premises for expansion in to the Liverpool City Region borough of Knowsley.

The new premises will house the company’s manufacturing, installation and maintenance facility. It will have the capability to build, install and service hundreds of zero-emission vehicle powertrain systems in the first year of operation. In recognition of the rapid ongoing expansion in both the battery and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle market, sufficient space has been acquired to quickly expand to thousands of systems per year. As part of the expansion, Arcola Energy will also be upgrading existing powertrain development facilities in Hackney, London.

Arcola Energy supports vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) 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. Capabilities span complete vehicle systems, from hydrogen refueller to wheels, including safety and manufacturing, working in partnership with leading global hydrogen & fuel cell suppliers.

The manufacturing area of the new site will first be used to produce and install hydrogen fuel cell systems in a fleet of double-deck buses to be deployed in Liverpool City Region supported by a £6.4million award from UK Central Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The buses have been developed through a partnership between Arcola Energy and Alexander Dennis, the UK’s largest bus manufacturer and the largest double-deck bus manufacturer in the world.

Liverpool City Region leaders with the first prototype hydrogen bus which was successfully tested on Route 10 St Helens to Liverpool in March 2019: (left to right) Joe Anderson (Liverpool), Rob Polhill (Halton), Ian Maher (Sefton), Phil Davies (Wirral), Steve Rotheram (City Region), Derek Long (St Helens), Graham Morgan (Knowsley).

The aftermarket area of the facility will first be used as the main hub for maintenance control and commissioning of the existing and expanded future fleet of the Renault Kangoo ZE H2 vans across the UK. This is a Renault-approved Kangoo ZE fitted with a Symbio Hydrogen fuel cell and is currently the only commercially-available hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicle in the UK.

Alongside buses and vans, the new facility will support production and aftermarket support of systems for trucks, trains, off-highway vehicles and marine vessels.

Walking the floor at Arcola Energy’s new manufacturing & aftermarket facility in Liverpool City Region.

As with all Arcola Energy activities, 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 future high-value jobs in zero-emission technologies. The Arcola Energy Education programme has enabled over 70,000 young people from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi to Indonesia to build and race their own mini-hydrogen fuelled vehicles.

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 £2 billion 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 £6.4 million 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”.

Dale Milburn, Executive Director, Regeneration & 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”.


Notes to editors:

Arcola Energy

Arcola Energy is a systems engineering company and Tier 1 supplier specialised in hydrogen, fuel cells, and batteries. The company was founded to address the “deployment gap” between ever-evolving clean energy technologies and end-user needs. Through 10 years of working with leading players across government, industry and academia we have built strong relationships and a deep understanding of the technologies, companies, market opportunities and potential pit-falls in this fast-changing industry. We help our clients to develop the right technology, supply-chain and after-market solutions, avoiding costly mistakes. We have a collaborative approach, building long-term partnerships with and between our clients, suppliers and end-customers. Our independence allows us to focus on what we believe in – products which make a positive contribution to society, delivered with total commitment to quality, safety and compliance.

Arcola Energy Education

Run on a not-for-profit basis within the wider Arcola Energy team, Arcola Energy Education delivers engaging and innovative education projects all over the world. The Arcola Energy Education programme has enabled over 70,000 young people from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi, UK to Indonesia to build and race their own mini-hydrogen fuelled vehicle. Previous education programme sponsors include Toyota, Shell, Ballard Power Systems, Anglo American, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Academy of Engineering, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Institute of Physics, Greater London Assembly and European Commission.

Knowsley Borough

Knowsley is situation between the northern powerhouse cities of Liverpool and Manchester. It is located just 8 miles from the Port of Liverpool and Liverpool 2 (deep sea port), within a 40 minute drive from two international airports and home to a multi-modal freight terminal. A major economic driving force in the Liverpool City Region and contributor to the northern powerhouse, Knowsley is an established home for big businesses with a strong reputation as a manufacturing and logistics hub.

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL)

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is one of the world’s leading bus and coach builders with a history and heritage of design, engineering and manufacturing excellence that spans more than a century with offices in UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. As a pioneer in embracing the latest technology, ADL has brought the widest range of low and zero emission buses to market. The group is now recognised as the leading bus and coach manufacturer in the UK and one of the fastest growing bus and coach builders in Western Europe.

Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Hydrogen Transport Programme

OLEV has announced the winners of a £14 million competition to fund hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure projects. The announcement states that “the innovative technology these vehicles use has long range (300+ miles) and fast refuelling (3-5 minutes) capability, and will support the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge to place the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles”. OLEV has awarded a consortium including Arcola Energy £6.4 of funding to deliver a hydrogen refueller in St Helens and 30 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses in Liverpool and Scotland.