British AFC Energy, a developer of low-cost alkaline fuel cell technology, yesterday announced that it has completed the commissioning of its first commercial-scale, beta fuel cell system at its premises in the United Kingdom.
The Beta System will now be used primarily for testing and development work in support of commercialization.
“This is a significant milestone for AFC Energy. Commissioning of the Beta System is the culmination of two years’ work by our dedicated team and is a remarkable achievement. It puts us well on our way to delivering a low-cost, low-carbon alternative to conventional electricity generation.” said Ian Balchin, AFC Energy’s Executive Deputy Chairman.
AFC Energy works with waste hydrogen applications, which it says removes a significant hurdle for fuel cell companies when sourcing hydrogen. It also takes away transport difficulties and costs. It targets companies that are simply “venting” the hydrogen into the air and helps them to generate a revenue from a waste product.
The announcement follows the completion of the Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study that AFC Energy announced on August 8th. The final stage of the commissioning process was a demonstration of electrical power generation.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.