AFC Energy has announced that it has signed an agreement with Peel Environmental Ltd to assess the techno-economic feasibility of the UK’s largest hydrogen (H2) fuel cell district at Peel’s Protos industrial park.

Protos is located between Manchester, Liverpool and Chester and will deliver 250 hectares of industrial development in the North West of England.

AFC Energy will conduct the assessment in collaboration with Peel and other third party partners to review a range of H2 sources and offtake arrangements and work with local stakeholders that will see a proposed phasing of fuel cell projects at Protos commencing at 1MW through to an estimated 35MW to 50MW of installed capacity at the site.

The installation of a fuel cell project of the scale proposed could see a range of new investment and potential employment creation opportunities consistent with the UK Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Integration of H2 fuel cells into the regional energy mix creates further opportunities for decarbonisation of the national power sector and utilises surplus H2 available in the area to generate clean energy on a long term basis. 

”I’m confident that with the mix of skills and capabilities of AFC and Protos, we will deliver a world class innovative fuel cell project right here in the UK”

Adam Bond, AFC Energy’s Chief Executive Officer

Myles Kitcher, Managing Director of Peel Environmental and Protos, said, “We are delighted to partner with AFC Energy in investigating the feasibility of this commercial scale H2 fuel cell techno-economic feasibility study, working towards a fuel cell project of scale. AFC’s H2 fuel cell precinct study will complement the existing low carbon energy generation technologies on site at Protos. This type of technology demonstration at Protos, exemplifies the industrial strategy which the UK government is promoting. A successful H2 fuel cell project of this scale will be a first for the UK and we hope to be able to support more new technologies in the future to provide regional economic growth and competitive low carbon domestic energy.”

Adam Bond, AFC Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “AFC Energy is proud to be collaborating with Peel Land and Property Group. This techno-economic feasibility study will see a proposed phasing of fuel cell projects at Protos commencing at 1MW through to an estimated 35MW to 50MW of installed capacity at the site, delivering the first phase of an industrial fuel cell power company. Following recent advances in the development of the AFC Energy fuel cell, the Board now believe the Company is well positioned to capitalise on these project deployment opportunities and hope to make further such announcements in the near future. Protos will provide the ideal opportunity for a scaled and commercial H2 fuel cell facility that will play an important part in the long term and sustainable powering of the UK’s Northern Powerhouse. I’m confident that with the mix of skills and capabilities of AFC and Protos, we will deliver a world class innovative fuel cell project right here in the UK.”