Creo UK is a national civil engineering and building company, based in south Wales, with a dedication to improving the construction industry and a focus on renewable hydrogen power systems, and passive buildings and renewable energy systems.


SaMI helped Creo UK develop an internal coating system to prevent embrittlement of the steel in their large steel hydrogen storage tanks.

SaMI’s expertise in high intensity corrosion resistance, along with its unique facilities, enabled the testing of new coatings to ensure the safety and longevity of Creo’s storage tanks.

A strategy was formed to carry out testing, and steel samples were provided to the Creo team to test on an uncoated (as a control) and coated basis.


Expert analysis from SaMI and regular communication with Creo enabled an understanding of the new product’s performance. Accessing SaMI’s facility, capability and expertise allows SMEs such as Creo UK the opportunity to research this data that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The research results resulted in completion of Phase 1 testing and a final report.


New, sustainable uses for hydrogen have the potential to solve the lack of fossil fuel resources, and is a potential solution to the environment pollutions contributing towards the climate crisis. SaMI is supporting Creo to develop practical hydrogen storage tanks that can be used widely, and therefore supporting the drive to a circular economy and a greener steel and metals industry.

SaMI also supported Creo with the submission of Innovate UK grants and Creo is now commencing Phase 2 testing, working closely with SaMI to develop the research that has already been undertaken.

“We would have no hesitation is using, working with or collaborating with the SaMI team again on steel or hydrogen projects.”

  • Neil Jenkins BSc MRICS, Director, Creo Group
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