A new and state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell and electrolysis test facility opened officially this week in Nuneaton.

The site was officially opened by Mr Atsushi Horiba, chairman and group CEO of HORIBA Ltd, pictured with Mark Garrett, chief operating officer of Ceres Power, and Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, president of the British Chambers of Commerce.

Also present were Dr Luke Evans, Nuneaton’s MP, and the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Michael Kapur OBE.

Aimed at expanding the UK’s delivery of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies to international markets, the plant forms part of a multi-million-pound, long-term agreement between Ceres, a leading developer in clean energy technology, and HORIBA MIRA, a leading international automotive engineering and testing consultancy.

The plant was first announced in March 2022 upon the selection of HORIBA MIRA’s headquarters. It expands Ceres’ UK test capacity and complements its established centres around Britain.

In addition to testing, the works also embraces the design, manufacture and certification of fuel cell testing systems by the wider HORIBA group.   Under their partnership, Ceres can then deploy testing into international markets with solutions that are locally compliant.

“This facility demonstrates the credibility of the growth plans we have at Ceres”, declared CEO Mark Garrett.  ”Trusted testing means Ceres will be able to expand its global operations and position itself at the forefront of the international hydrogen economy”.

The AIM-listed firm has commercial relationships with technology companies including Bosch in Germany, Weichai in China, Miura in Japan and Doosan in Korea.

HORIBA MIRA chief technical officer Graeme Stewart, responded:“We are pleased to celebrate this landmark moment in our partnership with Ceres.

“We believe this further underlines our stature as a premium provider of Testing-as-a-Service and we look forward to working alongside Ceres to help serve global markets with clean technology solutions.”


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