John Lidderdale is a mechanical engineer who spent the early portion of his working life involved in the offshore oil and gas industry in the North Sea and off Canada and Brazil. While serving as Offshore Project Manager for the development of two North Sea Fields, two Brazilian fields and one offshore Canada he was responsible for all marine and aviation activity including anchor handling tug supply boats, crew boats, pipe boats, crane barges, drill rigs and pipe-lay barges. He signed off on all anchor pattern designs for all this equipment. He was the originator/inventor of the offshore flowline bundling technique now in common use and developed the market-leading site at Wester in Scotland.
He holds or has held twenty-seven patents in this area. John also devised the tow method that enabled these shore-built systems (some over 12 kms long) to be delivered undamaged to offshore locations. He also holds these patents. More recently he was responsible for developing a unique cold venting system, fully compliant with relevant standards, that enables fields to be exploited without venting or flaring to atmosphere, other than in an emergency. These systems are now in use on many offshore structures. He holds forty plus patents in this area. His involvement in alternative energy has been long standing.
He first drove a hydrogen powered car he had converted in April 1974 winning a BP Innovation prize, was project manager for a 24 MWe wind farm installation in 1982, an 88MW tidal turbine installation in 1984 and has been in the fuel cell and hydrogen industry ever since. He was responsible for the 1st multi-fuel cell installation anywhere (800kWe for Visa) and the 1st installation over 1MW. He is the founding director of a business making products from re-cycled tyre rubber and another from re-cycled polypropylene.