European Hydrogen Week: An interview with Ryse/Wrightbus’ Jo Bamford

Prior to 2019, if you’d heard the name Jo Bamford you probably would have associated him with family-run vehicle engineering firm JCB, and as the grandson of its founder Joseph Bamford.

Bamford left the digger firm in January 2019 to set up Ryse, a UK-based hydrogen production and refuelling company aspiring to decarbonise transport by providing clean fuel for buses. Nine months later, he took over the reins at Wrightbus, and rescued the Ballymena-based bus manufacturer from administration.

But it was April 2020 that really saw him burst onto the hydrogen scene with his bold and ambitious vision to bring 3,000 hydrogen buses to the UK. And he’s never really left the hydrogen headlines since.

Here, in our third interview celebrating European Hydrogen Week, Bamford updates us on his plans.
H2 View (H2V): This week marks the first-ever European Hydrogen Week. An event is being held today discussing how hydrogen can bring recovery, growth and jobs for Europe. This echoes comments you made during H2 View’s webinar in August. So, how do you think hydrogen can benefit the UK?

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