Greater Manchester Electrochemical Hydrogen Cluster (GMEHC) Manchester Metropolitan University

GMEHC will deliver an Innovation Accelerator for electrochemical (green) hydrogen technologies. It has two main delivery strands:

  • Technical innovation, in relation to the materials and measurement challenges for fuel cells, electrolysers and associated supply chains to enable a cost-competitive hydrogen economy.
  • SME capacity-building through business model and product innovation activity.

The challenge

The global focus for hydrogen and associated technologies has resulted in the creation of a complex and multifaceted system of stakeholders that includes academic institutions, governments and industry needing to form new clusters like GMEHC to support the ambitions of developing the hydrogen economy in the UK. By researching the relationship between associated R&D, market development and creation of supportive policy conditions required to accelerate electrochemical (green) hydrogen and associated technologies in the region, GMEHC is co-creating an opportunity to become part of new, overarching national hydrogen programme.

The project

In technology terms, advancements will be driven by scientific research and market development which both strands of the project will address, together with the need to consider the main barriers to rapid commercialisation. The GMEHC cluster will form a critical element of a wider innovation ecosystem with all elements of the value chain, building upon existing strengths in Greater Manchester within the Manchester Metropolitan University, Fuel Cell innovation Centre, the University of Manchester the Henry Royce Institute, and the National Physical Laboratories (NPL).

The future

The ambition of GMEHC is to collectively accelerate the development and adoption of clean, efficient electrochemical (green) hydrogen technologies. This can put Greater Manchester at the core of internationally leading R&D, enabling the creation of highly skilled jobs that will drive further inward investment towards the deployment of these critical technologies, supporting the city-region’s ambitions to be net zero by 2038.