The minister was invited by the Hydrogen Hub to discuss hydrogen and fuel cell projects in Swindon and Wiltshire, and explore how the Hydrogen Hub can help the government achieve its targets outlined in the 'Clean Growth Strategy'.
Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer the UK a unique opportunity to secure cost effective, clean, secure energy for power, heat and transportation. As such, the UK is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities presented by hydrogen and develop a world leading industry.
The minister ended her visit by taking a tour of JM's manufacturing facility alongside our Directors Mike Petch and Andy Walker.
Andy Walker, Technical Marketing Director, said: "We were delighted to welcome Minister Claire Perry to Johnson Matthey. Johnson Matthey is a leader in science to make the world cleaner and healthier and is committed to innovation in the UK. We have pioneered developments in fuel cell technology over many years and are at an exciting point where products are now commercially available.
"As a founder of the Hydrogen Hub we recognise the need to grow the market for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the UK and look forward to working with the Hub and with the Ministerial team at BEIS to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this important technology."
Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Claire Perry, commented: "The Hydrogen Hub is a great example of how our modern Industrial Strategy can work in practice, bringing together industry, local authorities and businesses to collaborate in developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies which aim to meet the energy needs of a local community.
"This technology has the potential to secure clean, reliable and flexible energy for families and local businesses, while creating a new innovative sector in the UK, growth, and high-quality jobs.
"As hydrogen and fuel cell technology continues to commercialise, I look forward to seeing how the Hydrogen Hub will continue developing its key role promoting innovation to bring down costs and driving future investment into hydrogen in the UK."