Clean-tech business Arcola Energy has agreed terms on 15,000 sq ft of newly developed space at Huyton Business Park.
The premises will house the company’s manufacturing, installation and maintenance facility, Arcola said. In the first year of operation, it will have the capability to build, install and service hundreds of zero-emission vehicle powertrain systems.
The move follows Liverpool City Region’s announcement in March that it is to roll out a fleet of hydrogen buses, having secured a £6.4m grant from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. Arcola, gases company BOC and bus builder Alexander Dennis are part of the city region’s team.
Arcola Energy, registered in London, supports vehicle manufacturers to develop, manufacture and deploy zero-emission commercial vehicles. and has a 10-year track record in hydrogen and fuel cell system R&D 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 decker buses to be deployed in the Liverpool City Region, as per the deal announced in March.
Alongside buses and vans, the new facility will be able to support the production of systems for trucks, trains, off-highway vehicles and marine vessels. Arcola also plans to link with local schools for training and education in clean energy technologies.
Dale Milburn, executive director of 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, chief executive of Arcola, 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 area.”