Wrightbus and INEOS partner as Hydroliner UK tour begins

Left to right: Wouter Bleukx, INOVYN Hydrogen Business Manager, Geir Tuft, CEO INOVYN, Jo Bamford, Wrightbus and Ryze Hydrogen Executive Chairman, and Buta Atwal, Ryze and Wrightbus CEO.

Wrightbus, alongside Ryze Hydrogen and the manufacturer’s new hydrogen production partner INEOS, have set out on tour today (18 October) to drive a StreetDeck Hydroliner double-decker to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) that starts on 31 October.

Dubbed the hydrogen roadshow, the tour will travel some 600 miles from London to Glasgow and stop off at several locations in order to demonstrate the role that low-carbon hydrogen plays in the country’s journey to net zero.

Those visits include zero-emissions aviation company ZeroAvia; National Express West Midlands; JCB; Baxi Boilers; hydrogen storage and dispensing firm NanoSUN; and gas distribution experts Suttons Tankers. It will then make its way to a school in Glasgow where pupils will be exposed to the potential of hydrogen as a fuel source.

“This tour will highlight the fantastic innovation happening up and down the country as we move towards a zero-carbon future,” says Ryze CEO Buta Atwal. “We’ve long been excited about the potential benefits that hydrogen can bring, not only in helping the UK to achieve a huge CO2 reduction, but in terms of the green jobs and wider economic benefits that a strong hydrogen sector can bring.”

Adds Wrightbus and Ryze Executive Chairman Jo Bamford: “Our route will take in stops with partners that are at the forefront of hydrogen technology, including aviation, heavy plant machinery and heating.

“We’ll also be talking to companies working to create the important infrastructure needed to produce hydrogen at the levels we need to realise our ambitions for a strong UK-wide hydrogen economy.”

The tour will highlight the new collaboration between Wrightbus and INEOS through subsidiary INOVYN. The supplier claims to be Europe’s largest operator of electrolysis for low-carbon hydrogen production.