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Browne Jacobson advises Clean Power Hydrogen on ground-breaking partnering with Northern Ireland Water

16 June 2021

Browne Jacobson’s commercial team has advised Clean Power Hydrogen Group Limited (CPH2) on its 15-year partnership with Northern Ireland Water (NI Water) which will see them supply state of the art 1 Megawatt (MW) Membrane-Free Electrolysers. The partnering will boost Northern Ireland’s hydrogen economy and help to reduce emissions.

NI Water secured the deployment of the tech after being awarded £5m in funding from the Department for the Economy to support an innovative oxygen and hydrogen demonstrator project. This ground-breaking project is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland and could have huge environmental benefits.

Doncaster-based CPH2 was established in 2012 by Technology Director Dr. Nigel Williamson and CEO (Ireland) Joe Scott and has developed a cutting-edge membrane-free electrolyser to produce hydrogen faster, more reliably, and more cost-effectively than other electrolysers.

This is the third project Browne Jacobson has worked on for CPH2.

Jon Duffy, Chairman & CEO of CPH2, commented:

“We are very proud to be working on this exciting and important sustainability project which will see our leading product support Northern Ireland’s strategy to become carbon neutral.

“I also want to thank the Browne Jacobson team for the fantastic commercial and transparent advice they gave on this deal. The team went the extra mile in helping this deal over the line, operating within incredibly challenging timescales - amazingly competent and extremely easy to work with.”

Nick Smee, a senior associate at Browne Jacobson who advised CPH2 on the deal added:

“Clean Power Hydrogen are passionate about helping to clean up the environment and shaping the future of the green technology sector so we are delighted to have been able to assist them in this project and support them in their ambitions to further grow the hydrogen economy. This has been a great opportunity to continue Browne Jacobson’s work in driving forward the net zero agenda.”

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