An innovative refueling station manufactured in the North East is being showcased across Europe to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen-powered cars.
Haskel Europe engineers designed the facility in France before it was produced at the company’s Sunderland manufacturing plant and demonstrated to motoring journalists across Europe.
Haskel’s continuous improvements and projects manager, Graham Fox, said: “We effectively built a garage forecourt – a filling station for hydrogen-powered cars, everything from the nozzle that delivers the fuel into the car, all the way back into the fuel pump.
“The assembly was all carried out at the Sunderland facility.
“There were three assembly fitters permanently involved in the build.
“The system took approximately three months to design and then a further two months to complete the assembly stage.
“The system was a pilot to take around to the various motor shows in Europe inviting journalists to test drive hydrogen-powered cars.”
Haskel, which was established in the North East in 1950, now exports more than 55% of its systems worldwide and is recognised as a leader in high pressure products.
The company has 62 staff at its Sunderland headquarters and a further 19 employees in offices at Aberdeen, France and Spain.
Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles could account for up to half the UK car market by 2050, with Britain set to be a global leader in the technology.