Chris Jackson, Founder and CEO of Protium, has been elected as Chair of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA).
Jackson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the broader hydrogen and decarbonisation landscape. As CEO of Protium, the UK-based hydrogen solutions provider for project operators, developers, and investors, Jackson has experience working with a wide-range of organizations active across the market today.
Also elected as Deputy Chairs are Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo, and Elizabeth Skerritt, Director of Communications & Investor Relations at Ceres Power, who bring years of expertise operating with clients, investors, and policymakers across the UK hydrogen and fuel cell sector and the wider global energy industry.
Following months of unprecedented volatility across global energy markets, the wave of fresh talent represents a new beginning for the association who is about to embark on a journey into new and ambitious territories, with hydrogen and fuel cell technologies embedded firmly at the centre of energy discussions.
The UK HFCA is the largest and oldest hydrogen trade association in the country. Members comprise the leading hydrogen and fuel cell companies across the UK, and including the likes of BP, Anglo American, and Rolls-Royce. All told UK HFCA represents 40 organisations, employing 100,000 people, with a combined value of over £100 billion in the UK.
Chris Jackson, Chair at UK HFCA, said: “I’m delighted to have been elected as Chair of the UK HFCA. There is a significant amount of work to be done to address the seismic change that is required if we are going to achieve net-zero. I look forward to being able to apply my experience and contribute to work with our diverse range of extraordinary members to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell solutions in the UK.”
Celia Greaves, Executive Officer at the UK HFCA, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new Chair and Deputy Chairs – Chris Jackson, Amanda Lyne and Elizabeth Skerritt – and look forward to working with them through these exciting time for our sector. With Hydrogen and fuel cells now recognised as key in achieving net-zero, we’ll be continuing our efforts to make the UK the best place for these low carbon solutions, accelerating the benefits around decarbonisation, clean growth and global competitiveness.”
Amanda Lyne, Deputy Chair for the UK HFCA, said: “Within the ever-increasing and urgent need to radically transform our energy system to net zero carbon by 2050, hydrogen as an energy vector will become part of at least 25% of our energy supply (270TWh) if not significantly greater if we decide to fully tap into the benefit’s it can offer for zero carbon. As such our Association and its members have expanded from its early roots to wide coverage of the full spectrum of supply and demand that the hydrogen economy will represent, and I am delighted to be handing over the Chair to Chris to lead the next phase, with his skills in large scale development projects, as well as continuing to offer my support as Deputy.”
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The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association was launched in the summer of 2010, following the merger of Fuel Cells UK and the UK Hydrogen Association.
The Association supports members in understanding and enhancing the prospects for hydrogen and fuel cells in the UK, and acts on behalf of its members to accelerate the commercialization of these clean energy solutions. Areas covered:
- All fuel cell types and applications
- The full fuel cell supply chain (from research into material science through to systems integration and distribution)
- Hydrogen production and storage
- Hydrogen infrastructure
- Other issues around the delivery, storage and use of associated fuels
Our members include the leading UK hydrogen and fuel cell companies as well as organisations from the academic community and a range of other stakeholders with an interest in these clean energy solutions and the associated elements of the supply chain.
Protium is a UK-based hydrogen solutions provider for project operators, developers, and investors. Founded in 2019, the company provides services including project origination, design, and funding to support the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Ceres (www.ceres.tech) is a world-leading developer of next-generation solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and electrochemical technology. Its asset-light, licensing model has seen it establish partnerships with some of the world’s largest engineering and technology companies, such as Weichai in China, Bosch in Germany, Miura in Japan, and Doosan in South Korea, to develop systems and products that address climate change and air quality challenges for transportation, industry, data centres and everyday living. Ceres is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) (AIM: CWR) and is classified by the LSE Green Economy Mark, which recognises listed companies that derive more than 50% of their activity from the green economy.
ULEMCo Ltd is the world’s first hydrogen commercial vehicle conversion company, enabling fleet, commercial and niche vehicle owners to have access to zero-emission hydrogen fuel, as part of their strategies to reduce transport-related carbon emissions.
ULEMCo is based in Liverpool, UK, and was founded in 2014 as a spin-out of Revolve Technologies, to commercialise intellectual property and capability in hydrogen combustion engine technology. The company converts vehicles, having started with diesel Ford Transit vans, to enable them to run on commercially available hydrogen. The technology allows vehicle fleet managers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to ultra-low levels.
Commercial fleets across the UK benefit from a reduced carbon footprint while still having the full range capability of standard diesel vehicles. Alongside various partners, ULEMCo already supports a fleet of vehicles across a range of hydrogen hubs in the UK. The company is targeting commercial fleet conversions to grow the market significantly over the next 18 months, and then expand into other vehicle types over the longer term. Its growth plans include creating a hydrogen re-fuelling network to capitalise on the existing local infrastructure for this ‘green’ fuel.