Haskel commits to Wearside

Haskel commits to Wearside

Sunderland’s burgeoning automotive sector has received another major boost after Haskel revealed plans to build its new hydraulically-driven gas booster on Wearside.

The new Sunderland-built hydraulically-driven gas booster system will help power hydrogen vehicles of the future and is being launched at the Hannover Messe this month.

Haskel’s Sunderland plant, which is an expert in this niche sector, is to be the assembly location for the whole of Europe.

The use of hydrogen as a clean fuel for vehicles of the future is growing in popularity and the worldwide market is forecast to grow strongly over the next few years.

The hydraulic driven gas booster is an integral part of refuelling stations for the expanding market for hydrogen-powered cars, government and other vehicles, such as forklift trucks.

Stephen Learney, Haskel director of product management, said: “Haskel has been supplying gas boosters suitable for use in hydrogen gas applications for over 30 years, many of which are being used in R&D facilities around the world involved in the development of hydrogen as a fuel.

“Laboratory-based R&D work is now transitioning to practical application. Hydrogen fuelled vehicles are a developing market, especially in an industrial setting where they have already gained traction in Europe.

“There are even bigger markets in the US and Asia which are still developing. Hydrogen is creating huge interest at the moment, and our current model is already being used in hydrogen refuelling stations around the world. The new gas booster is an important improvement to our current product with major benefits to customers.”

The gas booster being showcased at the Hannover Messe will be an important part of Haskel’s continuing involvement with hydrogen refuelling.

It is forecast that hydrogen-powered cars could make up half of the UK automotive market by the middle of the century.

There is heavy investment in the technology in the UK, where it is considered as one of the main alternatives to fossil fuels.

Hydrogen is a greener fuel because its only by-product is water.