AFC Energy starts on site power generation at Akzo Nobel plant

Shares in alkaline fuel cell maker AFC Energy were lifted by the company’s announcement it has started electrical power generation at AkzoNobel's Bitterfield plant in Germany.

The company announced early October that it had completed commissioning of two commercial-scale systems at the plant.  The Beta fuel cell systems have been generating electrical power at the site since late last year, it said today.

The two systems are fuelled using AkzoNobel's industrially produced hydrogen.

This work follows a series of trials that the company has been carrying out using a Beta system installed at its UK facilities. AFC Energy uses its own in-house pilot manufacturing to fabricate electrodes required for testing.

This is the first commercial reference site for the generation of data and demonstration of the whole Beta system.

Chief executive Ian Williamson said: "This development is significant because it confirms our route forwards and paves the way for the commercialisation of the technology for industrial power generation in our primary target markets. We are collecting data to demonstrate the successful operation of the fuel cell in this industrial application."

AFC's technology is focused on large scale industrial applications.

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