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Surrey: Amazon Filters invests £0.75m to boost manufacturing capacity

By Steve Banbury
9 September 2021
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Amazon Filters, an industrial filter manufacturer based in Camberley, has invested £0.75 million in upgrading its production capacity to manufacture critical components for the large-scale production of green hydrogen.

As well as increasing the factory floor area for cartridge production to 9,084 sq ft/844 sq m, the programme has included a £0.5 million spend on automated filter cartridge pleating and assembly equipment. The investment programme further strengthens the 36-year-old company’s ability to supply products to clients in industry sectors that deal with process engineering and industrial fluids and gases.

Amazon Filters’ filter housings will be used in the filtration processes supporting the construction of electrolysers. These help with the storage or active deployment of green hydrogen for downstream applications in industries such as transport, chemicals, agriculture and steel making. 

This ‘green hydrogen’ process is an environmentally friendly, economic alternative to more established hydrogen production that relies on fossil fuels and so produces CO2 emissions. With green hydrogen technology, the only by-product from electrolysis is oxygen, which has no negative environmental impact.   

“Green hydrogen promises to be a truly game-changing, clean energy technology to power vehicles, heat buildings and produce electricity," said Karl Pizzey, Amazon Filters’ Operations Director. “As the fuel of the future, it has the potential to help countries across the world to decarbonise, cut their dependence on fossil fuels and really go for net-zero emissions. 

The new capacity has come on stream as concerted action to move to green hydrogen production intensifies globally. For example, India has announced a national mission to become a leading world hub for production and exports, the USA is investing heavily in its capabilities and the UK has committed to developing 5GW of low-carbon production capacity by 2030 with green hydrogen a key focus.  Various companies are also researching the potential of green hydrogen as a clean and effective replacement for paraffin aviation fuel to make flying a more sustainable transport option.   

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