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NanoSUN Winners of 2022 ‘Design & Innovation’ Award

NanoSUN Winners of 2022 ‘Design & Innovation’ Award
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NanoSUN Winners of 2022 ‘Design & Innovation’ Award

Picture from Left. Natalie Leyne, NanoSUN Marketing Specialist, Wes Jacklin, McLaren Director and Dean O'Connor, NanoSUN CEO

NanoSUN, a Lancaster based company specialising in mobile hydrogen refuelling solutions, is delighted to announce that it has won the ‘Design & Innovation’ Award at the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) Awards 2022.

NanoSUN attended the Annual Business Awards and Networking Dinner on Thursday 22nd September in Cheshire to accept the prestigious title sponsored by McLaren. The NAA event showcased the successes of vehicle manufacturers, supply chain companies and service providers in the region.

Up against strong competition, with key regional players across the automotive industry shortlisted, the judges were impressed by NanoSUN’s bold approach to addressing one of the fundamental industry challenges of infrastructure in the adoption of hydrogen for the decarbonisation of heavy transport. Judges also recognised the company’s robust approach to industrialisation, with a very clear vision and plan, including secured funding.

Identifying that the transport sector, requiring a zero-emission fuel (hydrogen), will never gain a foothold unless there is a simple and low cost mechanism for distributing this new fuel, NanoSUN’s core focus has been on the design and development of its mobile Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS); offering small to medium heavy-duty fleet operators a low-cost, flexible refuelling alternative to expensive fixed hydrogen refuelling stations.

NanoSUN’s CEO, Dean O’Connor, who collected the award on behalf of the team commented:

“It’s an honour to receive the Design & Innovation Award. It was an inspiring evening and to see NanoSUN’s name beside McLaren on an award is a bit special. We sat in a room with giants of the automotive industry and listened to a keynote speak, with 50 years in the industry, talk about the critical importance of doing more with hydrogen in the energy transition…fast! It was also great to see at least two other innovative hydrogen focused companies in the room – Ulemco and Oaktec.’

“As a fast growing SME, we are a passionate team with a strong commitment to the energy transition of the transport sector and we are extremely proud of our product. We have a hugely talented team at NanoSUN and it’s great to see them receive industry recognition for their achievements and dedication to the hydrogen industry.”


NanoSUN is a world leading, award-winning, engineering company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialisation of mobile hydrogen refuelling solutions for use within the Transportation Industry. From Industrial Gases to Transport and Mobility sectors, we aim to accelerate hydrogen use with our innovative technologies by bridging the gap between the hydrogen supply industry and the needs of end users for convenient, low cost, simple-to-use and safe fuelling systems.


The NAA is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a membership service, combined with a project management delivery function. Their services range from strategic, business, and technical advice to the provision of training, funding application support, and sponsored business awards. The network they have developed, combined with their industry-specific expertise, allows them to skilfully support regional automotive companies, of all sizes.

Their Mission is to provide tailored support to their member companies, helping them to succeed in what they do best.

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