Arcola Energy to expands fuel cell business in Scotland
Arcola Energy, a hydrogen fuel cell technology company, has been moving to the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee, Scotland, H2Buleltin reports.
The company has decided to move to the site after receiving £1.5 million (US$ 2 million) funding from Scottish Enterprise.
MSIP is a joint venture between Michelin, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council and was established to support growth and diversity in the Scottish economy whilst addressing decarbonisation. The 32-hectare site is transformed into a transport hub after the closure of Michelin’s Dundee site. Arcola Energy will be the first tenant at the MSIP.
The funding will help the company build a new production facility, initially focusing on the Scottish hydrogen train project. Arcola Energy is leading a consortium to develop Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train, delivering a full system design and integration based on its A-Drive technology platform. It is already operating a rail engineering facility at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and plans for a service centre in Glasgow.
Besides, Arcola will also develop fuel cell for hydrogen-powered vehicles at the MSIP site in the coming years. The company will add around 135 jobs to its facility over the next three years.
Dr Ben Todd, the Arcola CEO, said, “This new facility will be Arcola’s main manufacturing base, supporting our growing business needs as we expand our range of heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles.”