ITM Power handed top environmental accolade

Wendy Gibson, EEF compere; Steve Hallet, Project Leader for ITM Power and Mark Alston of ENER-G
Wendy Gibson, EEF compere; Steve Hallet, Project Leader for ITM Power and Mark Alston of ENER-G

ITM Power has won the EEF North East Region Climate Change Opportunity Award, sponsored by ENER-G.

The Sheffield-based business specialises in clean fuel hydrogen generation and energy storage and won the award after developing a transportable hydrogen refuelling unit called HFuel which can be used as a zero carbon fuel for modified internal combustion engines and fuel cell vehicles.

The company’s Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) programme resulted in 22 companies – including Stansted Airport, Sheffield CC, Carillion plc, and Tarmac– signing up to demonstrate the benefits of HFuel. The company now receives enquiries from around the world.

The annual awards are hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers.

Andrew Tuscher, EEF Regional Director North, said: “Manufacturing is crucial to the economic recovery of our region. Companies like ITM Power are leading the way by developing truly transformational zero carbon technology. Congratulations to them on this well deserved success.”

The judging panel, led by Cranfield University, praised ITM Power’s achievements, stating: “The judges praised this business as revolutionary. This is a great story of pioneers in UK manufacturing addressing the biggest cause of carbon emissions, transportation, and developing a transportable hydrogen re-fuelling unit, HFuel. We were particularly impressed by ITM Power’s long term investment plan, its initiative in being the first to take something from research to market, high uptake and its genuine level of innovation.”

Cedric Rodrigues, Divisional Director for ENER-G, environmental partner to the EEF, said: “We salute the achievements of ITM Power and their powers of innovation. This is an extraordinary product that has major implications for improved sustainability in commerce and industry. Judging by the high standard of entries this year, the future of sustainable manufacturing is in great hands.”   

 ITM Power will now go forward to compete against other regional winners from across the UK in the national awards final on January 26 in London.

They will be joined by Tata Steel apprenctice Rush Garfitt, aged 19, won the Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice Award, sponsored by EAL.

Rush, from Rawmarsh, works for Sheffield-based Tata Steel’s speciality steel’s business, which manufactures products for the aerospace, oil & gas, energy and automotive sectors.

He demonstrated his commitment to his chosen career by relocating from Scunthorpe to Rotherham in order to pursue his apprenticeship.

Liam Jones of DavyMarkham was runner-up in the same category.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Forgemasters was runner-up in the Environmental Efficiency Award and highly commended in the Outstanding Export Award