Storengy Signs Partnership Agreement with Cheshire East Council on Project Vanguard Green Hydrogen Refuelling Station in Middlewich

By July 15, 2020 4   min read  (582 words)

July 15, 2020 |

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Storengy confirmed today that it has signed a partnership agreement with Cheshire East Council for Project Vanguard.

Storengy said “We are pleased to confirm that the partnership agreement with Cheshire East Council has been signed and with planning permission already granted its full steam ahead for our project Vanguard green hydrogen refuelling station in Middlewich. We are one step closer to low carbon solution for the refuse trucks of Cheshire East Council.”

Michael Gibson, Managing Director said, “We are one step further in demonstrating that hydrogen is viable green fuel for transport. We are really excited to be leading on this project to develop the first of its type in the UK, and to be supporting improvements for Cheshire East Council’s carbon footprint and air quality.

“As a business with many employees from Middlewich, it is also great to be investing in, and supporting, one of our local communities.”

The world is changing and with the focus on carbon neutral societies, Storengy UK are at the forefront of driving the change to a greener future. In July 2019 the management team agreed upon a new vision and an outline 5 year strategy. This has given us focus as it provides the best possible means to address the challenges of global climate change, we strongly believe that green hydrogen will play a key part in the net zero targets, set around the globe.

PROJECT VANGUARDRefuelling fleet vehicles with Green hydrogen

Storengy UK are proud to be leading Vanguard, ensuring project delivery, operations and maintenance of the 1st green H2 station in North West of UK.  Vanguard will provide a central hydrogen fuelling station for Local Authority (Cheshire East Council) and Storengy UK fleet vehicles.

The scheme comprised of both public and private sector money – with a £345,000 contribution from the local enterprise partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

The project is now in construction phase with a target Commercial Operational Date of Q1-2021.

A large solar PV array will be installed to fuel an electrolyser. This will produce green hydrogen, which is to be supplied to a refuelling station. Three vehicles including two refuse trucks owned by Cheshire East Council and one vehicle owned by Storengy UK will be converted to run on hydrogen to give green transport capability. Storengy UK’s 1st Green Hydrogen project under its commitment to be a leading sustainable energy storage and solutions provider the team at Stublach will ensure project delivery, operations and maintenance.

The central refuelling station will dispense hydrogen to “dual-fuel” refuse trucks and a Storengy UK vehicle.

Project Vanguard


  • Innovative step towards Cheshire East Council’s target of net-zero by 2025
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions, by nearly 30 tons annually, this will lead to increased engine efficiency
  • Reduce diesel use by more than 10,000 litres per year
  • 1st project to claim renewable transport fuel certificates for H­in the UK
  • Air quality benefits for local community – trucks are in use 5 days per week

After all our hard work planning permission was granted early June 2020 and the partnership agreement with Cheshire East Council has been signed mid June for our project Vanguard. We are one step closer to low carbon solution for the refuse trucks of Cheshire East Council.. Read the full press release here:


Read more about the different hydrogen mobility projects that are currently underway in the North West by clicking the link below:



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