Element makes a bid for dominant role in European clean energy market
15 Nov 2023
Global testing, inspection, and certification services company Element Materials Technology signalled a focus on demand for hydrogen to fuel clean energy, with the announcement of initial investments from its US$10 million investment programme.
Among the early projects are the acquisition of the latest hydrogen testing equipment and the expansion of its dedicated team of specialists in the hydrogen market.
The move is intended to pre-empt expected growth in demand from customers transitioning to clean energy solutions, said the company.
Element recently acquired testing service firm Filton Systems Engineering, with 50 experts in gaseous and liquid hydrogen use, and a site in Kemble that includes an in-house liquefaction plant.
The firm also bought California-based NTS Laboratories in 2022; NTS was previously active in the space sector and boasts a dedicated hydrogen facility.
Element has additionally acquired specialist static and dynamic fracture mechanics equipment for its British and European labs. Worldwide the firm employs 9,000 scientists and other technical staff based across 270 laboratories.
Element director of hydrogen Mark Eldridge said: “Our recent equipment investments position us as Europe's largest capacity for fracture mechanics testing in the hydrogen sector, with expertise in gaseous and cryogenic liquids.
"With our deep expertise in materials science, corrosion, coatings, and electrochemistry, we offer state-of-the-art testing, certification, and consulting services for various aspects of hydrogen-related technologies.”
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