AFC Energy, the industrial fuel cell power company, has executed a term sheet with Dunsfold Park Ltd. to commence front end engineering and design (FEED) work on a landmark hydrogen (H2) micro-grid at the Dunsfold Park site in Surrey, UK.

Dunsfold Park is home to AFC Energy’s head office, and under its site redevelopment masterplan, is scheduling the development of an initial 1,800 new homes and green space, co-existing with light industry, to create one of the UK’s largest residential and industrial brownfield redevelopment projects.

AFC Energy and Dunsfold Park have executed a term sheet which seeks to deploy up to 1 – 1.5 megawatts (MW) of the company’s fuel cell systems on-site as part of a residential and industrial energy micro-grid to meet the growing needs of the redeveloped site.

The scheme expects to be supplied with green H2 sourced locally from bio-methane making the proposition an entirely renewable and clean micro-grid which could have application not only across the UK, but could also be replicated internationally across all brown and green field residential, commercial and industrial developments.

The clean micro-grid is entirely consistent with the Dunsfold Park renewable energy strategy and that of the UK Governments industrial policy and policy of building more stability, flexibility and resilience into local power grids through the decarbonisation of the national power grid.

AFC Energy will commence work on the FEED in August 2017 to fully engineer and cost-up the projects.

AFC Energy 10kW fuel cell

AFC Energy 10kW fuel cell

Power generation from the fuel cell facility in conjunction with the existing solar farm on-site, will make Dunsfold Park the only business Park in the UK with a micro-grid supplied entirely by a combination of H2/ renewable derived energy, highlighting the importance and prominence of this project in the context of the UK energy market.

The timing for delivery of the project will be divided into multiple phases in recognition of the growth trajectory for new energy demand in conjunction with the sites redeveloping initiatives. Indicatively, the parties hope to deliver the first 0.5 – 1 MW of installed generation capacity in Q4 2018 and the second tranche of installed power capacity by the end of Q3 2019.

Jim McAllister, Chief Executive of Dunsfold Park, said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with AFC Energy, a long-time tenant of Dunsfold Park on this nationally significant H2 full cell project. We look forward to seeing the results of the FEED study and endorse the initiatives full alignment with Dunsfold’s Park’s clean energy strategy which has permeated all of our redevelopment activities over the past few years. Initiatives such as this collaboration with AFC Energy further highlight Dunsfold, the Borough of Waverley and the County of Surrey’s prominence at the forefront of renewable energy technologies.”

Adam Bond, AFC Energy’s CEO, said, “As long-term tenants of Dunsfold Park, we are delighted to now be collaborating in the commercial deployment of AFC Energy’s fuel cell technology. The introduction of H2 derived from renewable sources is a particular highlight of the proposed scheme and re-emphasises the potential innovation in sourcing long-term, sustainable H2 for our fuel cell projects. This scheme offers the potential for national and international replicability and could become a benchmark in localised H2 micro-grids. We look forward to working closely with Dunsfold Park in delivering this important clean energy initiative for the region.”