ULEMCo is THE world’s first hydrogen commercial vehicle conversion company, enabling fleet, commercial & niche vehicle owners to use zero emission hydrogen fuel, as part of their strategies to reduce transport related carbon emissions, with practical solutions, today. The Liverpool based company, founded in 2014, as a spin out from automotive engineering specialist Revolve Technologies ltd (now https://www.cmb.tech/), with venture capital investment from The North West Equity fund, enables commercial vehicle fleet operators to deploy hydrogen powered vehicles from HGV, specialist vehicles like refuse trucks and road sweepers and LGV’s like large vans, in their usual daily operation without loss of productivity and flexibility, at the same time as saving many thousands of tonnes of emissions.
ULEMCo’s initial product, it’s globally unique hydrogen dual-fuel approach, mixes hydrogen with diesel in the engine, from on board stored gas tanks, at volumes that displace between 30-70% of the energy from diesel, giving a direct 1 kg for 1 gallon CO2 saving. Dual fuel addresses concerns from the risk of hydrogen availability, and range anxiety (the vehicle will still work in diesel if no hydrogen is available) and by using the existing engine technology the cost of conversion is minimal in comparison to other low emission solutions. Because commercial vehicles are heavy duty, the volumes of back to base hydrogen can make hydrogen competitive to diesel, helping to provide scaled volume now for the development of renewable (“green”) hydrogen at scale for mobility. Conversions are either sold direct or as kits to authorised partners, installed locally to the customers.
In parallel the company continues to do R&D into other applications such as off road, marine and stationary power as well as developing longer term zero emission solutions such as 100% hydrogen combustion and fuel cell integration.
Applying their experience of the wider hydrogen supply chain the company helps customers from start in their hydrogen transformation journey, from consultancy services to understand the options and engineered solutions for back to base refuelling.
Amanda has nearly 20 years’ experience in the hydrogen and fuel cell technology industry, having previously founded ACAL Energy and working through her consultancy business Burgundy Gold Ltd as a specialist in the commercialisation of clean tech businesses. Her career spanning over 20 years includes various positions at ICI Chemicals and Polymers, particularly Chlor Alkali, which produces hydrogen as a bi-product of the chlorine production process. She has been a Director of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise partnership and is currently the Chair of UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.
Paul is a degree qualified engineer through the UK’s Open University and also holds City and Guilds, ONC and HNC qualifications obtained through an Automotive Apprenticeship. His career started in the test operations group at Weslake Developments in Rye, and continued in the Gasoline Engine Department at Ricardo in Shoreham. After 7 years at Ricardo Paul moved on to SAGEM as a systems engineer in the engine controls group, and then head of the Emerging markets group. In 1998 Paul left to join Roush Industries as the Engineering Manager, becoming the Technical Director of Revolve Technologies Ltd, driving the company’s development of expertise in alternative energy systems in Hybrid, Electric and Hydrogen technologies. In the Summer of 2019 the company was bought by Belgium shipowner CMB, so Paul now leads their work to exploit the opportunities for hydrogen technology to deliver emission reduction in marine activities.
Bob Joyce holds an engineering degree and an honorary doctorate from the University of Leicester, and an MBA from Warwick University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was recognised by Debrett’s as one of the UK’s Top 500 most influential people in 2015, and in the Top 15 for industrial and technology development. He joined ULEMCo in May 2020, to support the company’s shift from early stage to scale up, using his background in the automotive sector, extensive networks across industry and his track record in helping similar businesses to achieve market success.