ABB, Alstom, AXIS, Bilfinger and Uniper join North West Hydrogen Alliance

ABB, Alstom, AXIS, Bilfinger and Uniper join North West Hydrogen Alliance

ABB and Alstom are among five new companies to join the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) in the UK, bringing its total number of members to more than 20.

With the addition of the five new members, NWHA said this makes it the largest regional membership body dedicated to hydrogen.

ABB, Alstom, AXIS, Bilfinger and Uniper will support NWHA’s mission of driving the hydrogen economy in the UK’s North West region.

“The NWHA is going from strength to strength and shows how this region is leading on developing the UK’s first hydrogen economy,” said Professor Joe Howe, Chair of the NWHA.

“I’m delighted to welcome our new members and look forward to them contributing to the work of the Alliance.”

“There are already multiple hydrogen projects happening right now and by working together we can make our goal a reality.”


A global technology company, ABB is working towards a more sustainable future that has helped to cut 2,000 tonnes of carbon a year at Manchester Airport.

Troy Stewart, Head of ABB Energy Industries, UK, said, “Sustainability is at the heart of everything ABB does.”

“Nearly 60% of ABB’s global revenues are derived from technologies that directly address the causes of climate change by facilitating increased energy efficiency, the integration of renewables into the energy mix and the conservation of natural resources.”

“ABB is developing advanced products, solutions and services that are radically reshaping the production landscape by making smart and sustainable factories of the future possible.”

“We are working with clients already on some high-profile global hydrogen projects and therefore we look forward to working with the NWHA to help develop the region to grow in this area.”


A planning and environmental consultancy, AXIS is providing planning support for a range of energy development projects such as HyNet.

Andrew Russell, Technical Director at AXIS, commented, “We’re hugely excited to be working across transformative decarbonisation projects being planned and delivered in the North West.”

“Each project brings us one step closer to achieving the UKs commitment to meet Net Zero by 2050.”

“Joining the NWHA will enable us to help promote hydrogen related development, which we believe is an essential component of the long-term sustainable energy mix in the UK.”

“It also means that, alongside other members, we are in the driving seat pushing towards a greener future.”

Bilfinger UK

An engineering and services partner headquartered in Cheshire, Bilfinger delivers products and services that allow its customers to benefit from hydrogen.

John Cauchi, Strategic Development Director at Bilfinger UK, said, “We are a reliable partner to the process industry in the North West, with three primary approaches to meeting climate targets: switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, further increasing energy efficiency, and scrubbing or preventing environmentally damaging emissions.”

“A significant number of our clients and partners are already members of the NWHA and we relish the opportunity to work alongside them to help lead the national hydrogen strategy whilst supporting the economic growth in the North West region.”


An international energy company, Uniper is supporting decarbonisation in the North West.

Uniper’s Mike Felgate, Plant Manager of Connah’s Quay Power Station, commented, “We see the NWHA as the key body bringing together like minded businesses to work on developing a hydrogen economy in the region, with our power station at Connah’s Quay being ideally placed to play a part in decarbonising the North West.”

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