Vancouver, British Columbia – First Hydrogen Corp. (“FIRST HYDROGEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Wrigley as Chairman and director of First Hydrogen UK Limited. Mr. Wrigley founded Winch Energy Group in 2008 and served as CEO until recently and remains as non-executive Chairman. Winch Energy has successfully developed, constructed and operated 300+ MW of solar plants in Europe and is now developing rural projects in 10 African and Latin American countries. Mr. Wrigley was also a founding partner of UPC Renewables LLC, with 4+ GW of wind plants built in the past 15 years supported by a US$5 billion investment including the development of a 120 MW wind power plant in Morocco in 2019.
Mr. Wrigley will oversee First Hydrogen’s Worldwide development of the company’s hydrogen-fuel-cell- powered light and medium commercial vehicle business (“LCV”) and constructing the Company’s two MAN hydrogen fuel cell road legal demonstrators with AVL Powertrain UK and Ballard Power Systems. Mr. Wrigley will also oversee the development and build out of the recently announced hydrogen refueling stations division, with consultants FEV Group. and seek other complimentary opportunities in the hydrogen space with his wealth of contacts, including hydrogen production and procurement.
Mr. Wrigley holds a law degree from the Law School of Chester and is admitted to the Law Society of England and Wales and to the Italian Bar. Mr. Wrigley previously served as Managing Partner and Head of Continental Europe at the international law firm Clifford Chance LLP.
This adds to the First Hydrogen team as previously announced the appointment of Steve Gill as director of First Hydrogen UK Limited and as Chief Executive Officer of its’ automotive division. Mr. Gill has extensive experience as an executive, board director and consultant in the automotive industry specializing in powertrain technology and transport decarbonization. Previously, Mr. Gill was Director, Power Engineering at Ford of Europe and board member of Ford Technologies Ltd.
Also recently announced to the team is the appointment of Robert Campbell as non-executive director of First Hydrogen UK Limited, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary. Mr. Campbell is currently Senior Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Ballard Power Systems since 2017. His responsibilities include global business development, sales, marketing, product line management and after-sales service activities in Ballard’s key Power Products markets of Heavy-Duty Motive, Material Handling and Stationary Power.
About First Hydrogen Corp.
First Hydrogen Corp. is a Vancouver and London UK based company focused on zero-emission vehicles and supercritical carbon dioxide extractor systems. The company is designing and developing a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered light commercial demonstrator vehicle under two agreements with AVL Powertrain and Ballard Power Systems Inc. The LCV will have a range of 500+ kilometres. First Hydrogen is developing refueling capability working with FEV Consulting GmbH, the internal automotive consultancy of FEV Group of Aachen Germany.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of
FIRST HYDROGEN CORP.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Balraj Mann, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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