AFC Energy Commissions First Commercial-Scale Fuel Cell System

August 14, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

AFC Energy, developer of alkaline fuel cells, announced that it has successfully completed the commissioning of its first commercial-scale fuel cell system (the "Beta System") at its premises in the United Kingdom.

This follows the successful completion of the Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study that the company announced on 8 August. The final stage of the commissioning process was a demonstration of electrical power generation. This first Beta System will now be used primarily for testing and development work in support of commercialization.

AFC Energy is preparing to deploy additional Beta systems for first field trials.

Ian Balchin, AFC Energy’s Executive Deputy Chairman, said, "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."

The technical progress of recent months goes hand-in-hand with the development of commercial opportunities in a range of markets, including tie-ups with Linc Energy, the John Lewis Partnership, and N2telligence GmbH.