AFC Energy, Acciona to test fuel cell systems at construction site

Source: Acciona S.A.

June 1 (Renewables Now) - UK alkaline fuel cells developer AFC Energy Plc (LON:AFC) said Monday it has partnered with Acciona SA (BME:ANA) to conduct field tests of the H-Power fuel cell platform at one of the renewable energy company's construction sites in native Spain.

The H-Power technology can use cracked ammonia as the primary fuel source, resulting in lower logistics and handling costs compared to hydrogen in remote location, AFC said.

At the field trial, the partners will evaluate efficiency of both hydrogen and ammonia and how they fare in terms of safety, cost effectiveness and logistical supply chain compared to diesel fuel in off-grid construction applications.

Acciona, which runs a construction business alongside renewable power production, will be supplied with a containerised 160-kW H-Power system, a battery storage system and ammonia cracker.

The field trial is due to start in the first quarter of 2021, with AFC and Acciona sharing the cost of the test.

“The important transition from diesel to sustainable power generation at the construction site is a key target market for AFC Energy since the launch of our H-Power system in late 2019. This billion-dollar global industry has seen growing regulation, such as Europe's Non Road Mobile Machinery regulations, come into force and with that, a movement by constructors and contractors towards a more sustainable on site power generation alternative to diesel,” said AFC Energy CEO Adam Bond.

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