Being passionate about hydrogen as clean energy for the future, we wanted to find an alternative to the current membrane electrolyser technology available on the market as these had barriers to adoption. We realised that the cleanest way to produce hydrogen was by membrane-free water electrolysis and in doing so it would be a less expensive and more robust technology.
Dr. Nigel Williamson and Joe Scott established CPH2 (Ireland) in December 2012 with the ambition to help clean up the environment for our children and future generations. Entering the green technology sector; a high growth and profitable market, they developed a Membrane-Free Electrolyser™ to produce hydrogen faster, more reliably, and more cost-effectively than the incumbent methods.
To be the leading developer and manufacturer of green hydrogen technologies both for the reduction of harmful emissions and the hydrogen economy using our patented Membrane-Free Electrolyser™
Clean Power Hydrogen Group Limited is established in the UK by founding members Dr. Nigel Williamson and Joe Scott, following the company being established in Ireland in 2012.
Successful demonstration to show proof of concept to separate hydrogen and oxygen using a simple liquid nitrogen-cooled cryogenic system.
Successful trials to reduce NOx emission by 50% on a diesel generator completed. The 440 kW generator was operated at 100% power and the emissions reduced from 680 ppm to 306 ppm, at 75% power with a reduction from 589 ppm to 341 ppm and at 50% power from 586 ppm to 316 ppm.
The MFE03 Technology Demonstrator built which can produce 20kW, 6kg H2 per 24 hrs
The company move to new premises in Marrtree Business Park, Doncaster
£2.5 million raised from angel investors in two funding rounds through West Hill Capital
A driven and accomplished MD/CEO, Jon’s background includes agriculture, food, drink, and latterly consultancy work with UniBio a biotechnology company with core competencies in fermentation technologies. He has transformed the performance of numerous SME’s, multi-national and FTSE 100 companies. By the age of 31 he was the MD of a £200m turnover company and went on to implement the biggest merger in the UK agricultural sector creating Frontier, a £1.7bn company. Regarded as one of the leading experts in business turnaround and value creation with a reputation for dynamic leadership, Jon is tasked with taking CPH2 from the start-up green technology company through to full commercialisation.
A family man, Jon’s spare time is spent coaching junior rugby (as a qualified coach), keeping fit whilst raising money for charity (London marathon twice, numerous half marathons, Lands End to Nottingham bike ride) and still manages to fit in some skiing.
Clive's role is to spearhead the long-term strategic development and financial strength of CPH2, finding and nurturing investors and funders in our technology. A chartered accountant and former board director at 3i plc he has advised the UK government and other public sector bodies on SME development and venture capital. Clive also runs a FCA regulated corporate finance business and is a Director of the North West Fund, a £155m venture capital fund which utilises ERDF and EIB money to be invested in the North West of England.
In his spare time, Clive likes to run preferring the 10k distance.
Nigel is responsible for the research and development of our unique hydrogen technology. Nigel's early career was spent developing fluid seal technologies for Dunlop in Sheffield and the USA. His client's included NASA, General Dynamics, Alstom and Rolls Royce. During his time in the USA, he established NWD International Inc. Michigan. Latterly, Nigel established and ran (as MD) an Automotive Industry Tier-1 fuel system supply company in the Netherlands. Nigel spent 5 years as Chief Engineer at ITM Power Plc and in 2012, alongside the other CPH2 founding member Joe Scott, established CPH2.
Outside of the business Nigel's real passion is for Anthropology and Archaeology.
Joe is a qualified production engineer and specialises in R&D of advanced machining technology. Having started his career with Ford, his entrepreneurial drive led him to establish his tool and mould-making company in Ireland where he developed the first CAD/CAM-based paperless tool-making processes. Being able to cost effectively reduce lead times from 16 weeks to 6 weeks, Joe attracted customers including Motorola, Apple and Intel. Joe's strength is in product development and design, so when CPH2 required innovative designs for the electrolysis process, we turned to Joe.
Rodney's role at CPH2 is to network with industry to find and nurture relationships with a view offering our unique technology for their hydrogen generating requirements. He is a Chartered Engineer and a graduate in electrical engineering of Imperial College. His career of over 30 years with major organisations started in power cables R&D with the majority of his experience gained with Eastern Electricity, culminating in his role as Chief Technical Engineer. He has a broad and deep knowledge of requirements for system balance and managing power on electricity networks. Rodney's enthusiasm has helped CPH2 to win the Rushlight Award and he worked alongside Charles Monroe to help us win the Smart Grant from Innovate UK.
An ex-marathon runner Rodney is super fit, having climbed Kilimanjaro with his wife to celebrate their 70th birthdays. Rodney's other passion is music, playing the keyboards in the Galaxy Big Band.
Chartered Engineer Charles has worked in the cryogenic sector for over 30 years. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in engineering, he became a Fellow of the IMechE in 2006. His first job in 1984 was with Oxford Instruments designing and building liquid helium-cooled magnets. He has also worked for Air Products and Sapio Srl in Italy developing new technologies using liquid nitrogen. Since 1997 Charles has run his own engineering consultancy with clients including high technology manufacturing companies and government research establishments in Europe and North America. Charles worked alongside Rodney Brook to help CPH2 win the Smart Grant from Innovate UK.
Henry is an experienced Managing Director and engineer with an impressive track record of 23 years in areas including engineering, textile manufacturing, manufacturing processes and systems, and plant development and protection. Currently the Managing Director of Abbott & Co. (Newark) which designs and manufactures pressure vessels, he has helped establish the Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Forum (PVMF), an industry networking group that meets on a regular basis to share industry knowledge about materials, production processes, international standards, legislative and employment issues. Henry has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Nottingham Trent University and is a representative for the engineering sector for Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Henry's interests include cycling, swimming and running.
Amongst his many roles, Ian heads up the design and engineering function within CPH2. As an apprentice mechanical artificer in the chemical industry, Ian draws on his experience and skills gained over 25 years in engineering. With an MSc in Advanced Engineering, an undergraduate in Mechanical and Computer Engineering, he is also ISOH qualified. His skills, knowledge, and experience are as long as he is tall! Previous roles include being the senior development engineer alongside Nigel Williamson at Europe's largest electrolyser company. Ian's competence and expertise in the industry are proving invaluable as CPH2 drives our membrane-free concept to commercialisation into the emerging hydrogen economy further strengthening our market presence.
In his spare time Ian likes to shop at IKEA, buying large quantities of jelly sweets to share in the office.
Bridie is our Lab Technician who joined the CPH2 team in March 2020. Bridie will be responsible for running the lab and continual testing of our technology to ensure that we are using the most sustainable method for producing green hydrogen. Bridie has a first-class honours MChem Chemistry degree obtained at Nottingham Trent University and an outstanding PGCE teaching qualification with over 4 years of experience in teaching A-level Chemistry and GCSE science, often providing private tuition in her spare time. Previous roles include working for Veolia where she spent more than 2 years as a chemist carrying out a wide range of chemical analysis tests amongst other duties.
Bridie enjoys hiking, camping trips and sunny beach holidays as well as upcycling/recycling and craft projects and looking after her two Maine Coon Cats; Gandalf and Rogue.
Reporting to Ian Pillay, Layla’s role at CPH2 is the development of the electrical and control systems to ensure the continual safety of our technology, as well as making sure the workshop and lab are efficient and safe workspaces. An engineering scholar and final year Electronic Engineering student at Sheffield Hallam University, she is also the Vice-Chair and Schools Liaison Officer for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) South Yorkshire Local Network, leading the strategy for the committee locally while engaging with the upcoming engineers of tomorrow. As the Chair for the Young Professional’s Committee for the IET in South Yorkshire, she has gained project management and mentoring experience too.
Away from studying, work, and volunteering, Layla likes to spend time visiting museums and historical sites. Other hobbies include scenic walks, line-dancing, casual online gaming, painting, and calligraphy.
Working alongside CEO Andy King, Qamar is responsible for promoting and developing a new business pipeline as well as seeking project opportunities for our patented hydrogen-generating equipment. With a master’s degree in Computer/Control Systems Engineering, Qamar's career began in 2004 as a Graduate Engineer for FG Wilson (A Caterpillar Company). He has 15 years’ experience in engineering in the power generation, materials handling, and fluid system technologies sectors, and joins us from Swagelok Manchester where he has spent 5 years as a Business Development Engineer.
Qamar likes to keep fit, enjoys martial arts, and will return to the gym when social restrictions allow. He is also a keen gardener and likes to indulge with some DIY when time allows.
Having spent 19 years as an Assistant Finance Manager at DHL Maxine joined the CPH2 team in July 2019 and is the person that keeps us in check. With a wealth of experience in accounts payable, receivable, financial reporting, P&L and balance sheets she is our main interface with many stakeholders including customers and suppliers as well as supporting the engineering team.
A skilled multi-tasker, Maxine is also a qualified dance teacher, so keeps us on our toes.
Samantha is a qualified digital marketer and has spent her entire career within engineering and inspection companies in sales, marketing and business improvement and development. She started her early career as a PA to the Managing Director of a machine tool company who imported and exported gear machinery. 20 years later Samantha has amassed a vast engineering background including automated handling systems and tooling and latterly manufacturing inspection services having worked for Lloyd's Register for 12 years before joining the CPH2 team in May 2019. Her strengths are in digital marketing and communications, customer research, events and much more.
Samantha is a keen runner, dancer and exercise class teacher and with any spare time left she likes to get out on her motorbike.