Arup and ITM Power to collaborate on hydrogen fuel

07 January 2016

Arup and ITM Power have announced a Memorandum of Understanding, through which they will supply each other with expertise and capabilities, to improve the hydrogen energy systems and the refuelling stations network in the UK. The joint offering, providing a means to lower organisations’ carbon footprint, will be targeted at transport and utilities sector players, as well as cities.

ITM Power was founded in 2001, and has since 2004 been floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The company is specialised in the manufacture of integrated hydrogen energy systems, and operates out of premises in Sheffield, the UK, with further offices in Germany, France the US and Canada. The company’s proprietary hydrogen energy solution is unique in a number of ways. It provides rapid response, operates under high pressure, is modular and scalable, and is CE (Conformité Européene) marked and fully compliant.

Hydrogen fuel
Hydrogen fuel cells are a means of storing energy that can be released through a chemical reaction between hydrogen, oxygen and a catalyst. The technology has promised a way of reducing the carbon footprint of vehicles and other energy requiring devices through a clean energy generation process. One way to supply cars with energy required to fuel their path through the world is with hydrogen refuelling stations.

Onsite Hydrogen Station

The agreement between Arup and ITM Power, which involved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will see the firms collaboratively develop hydrogen energy systems as well as refuelling stations. Arup’s wide ranging knowledge and experience in energy systems will synergise with ITM Power’s experience in identifying and deploying hydrogen refuelling stations and energy storage systems at sites across the globe.

The partners will work with transport and utilities sector players seeking to lower their carbon footprint through hydrogen power solutions, thereby further stimulating the burgeoning Power to Gas sector. The partnership will also engage cities with opportunities for them to lower carbon use to meet their energy supply and demand needs.

“ITM Power are pleased to announce this agreement with Arup, which is an excellent opportunity to identify new sites for hydrogen refuelling stations and other energy related projects,” comments Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power.

Alan Thomson, Global Energy Systems Leader of Arup, adds: “We have a world leading energy team and adding hydrogen technology to our portfolio will open up exciting new opportunities for our clients. Arup is delighted to be working with ITM Power to identify deployment opportunities for this exciting and innovative world class technology.”

Since 2015, Ricardo Energy & Environment, then Ricardo-AEA*, has also been involved in promoting hydrogen fuel in the UK, when it was chosen by the Government to run a competition for a £3.5 million scheme to develop seven fully functioning hydrogen fuelling stations in the country.

* In September 2015 Ricardo-AEA rebranded as Ricardo Energy & Environment.



Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”