Being passionate about hydrogen as clean energy for the future, we wanted to find an alternative to PEM electrolysers 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 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 other electrolysers.
To be the leading developer and manufacturer of green hydrogen technologies. To reduce the creation of harmful emissions by participating in the growth of the hydrogen economy.
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.
Raised first round of external funding from individual investors
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
Rushlight Hydrogen & Fuel Cells award winners
Awarded £338k Smart Grant from Innovate UK
CPH2 achieves ISO 9001:2015 with BSI
MFE30 (145kW, 60kg H2/day model) production unit designed and build commences
MFE220 (1MW, 450kg H2/day model) design in progress
First non-grant funded order for MFE30
CPH2 appoints Jon Duffy as new CEO
CPH2 enters new joint venture for hydrogen production for Northern Ireland
CPH2 delivers Ireland's first electrolyser
Build starts on the MFE220
CPH2 raises £3m from new private investors
Ireland's first electrolyser supplied by CPH2 completes 100 days of production
Octopus Hydrogen orders an MFE220 marking the first sale to a UK-based hydrogen production and supply company
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An accountant by profession, Rick’s background includes textiles, packaging, and recently consulting with Private Equity Houses advising on their M&A activity across Europe and North Africa. Early in his career, he held various MD roles integrating and turning around business. As CFO of Chesapeake, a multi-national packaging company, along with the CEO, he led a significant turnaround of the business, including numerous acquisitions, commercial development, and extensive pension scheme restructuring, leading to the secondary sale to Carlyle in 2013 for £460mn, raising £290mn in the process to support the sale. Subsequently, he was EVP on the Board of Multi Packaging Solutions responsible for integrating their Asian Operations, Corporate Development, and the innovation group. The MPS board listed the business on the NYSE in 2015 following a successful merger with Chesapeake in a $1.8bn listing.
When time allows, Rick’s passion is travelling and skiing, and as a self-confessed petrolhead, classic cars and motorbikes.