Industrial fuel cell power company, AFC Energy PLC, has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Italian corporation, De Nora S.p.A, to further accelerate AFC Energy’s technology platform.

The collaboration, of which financial details were not disclosed, is aiming to enhance the technologies behind AFC Energy’s alkaline fuel cell system, which converts hydrogen (H2) into ‘clean’ electricity.

The company is now focusing on delivering a technically optimised, commercial fuel cell system, building upon its established pipeline of commercial opportunities.

The relationship and the proposed programme for collaboration will significantly build on the recent successes of AFC Energy

It is understood that De Nora already has multiple existing commercial applications that it is considering integrating AFC Energy’s technology into, opening a range of new potential markets. One such project is alleged to be in the water treatment market.

As such, Adam Bond, CEO of the UK-based business, signified that this partnership will “see AFC Energy access the expertise of arguably the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of electrodes.”

He said, “The relationship and the proposed programme for collaboration will significantly build on the recent successes of AFC Energy and will no doubt materially de-risk and speed up AFC Energy’s path to commercialisation.”

Luca Buonerba, De Nora’s Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, stated, “Our technical teams have been very impressed by the advances which have been made to date by AFC Energy and are confident that further significant steps can be made by both parties working closely together.”