British industrial gases giant BOC and Ceres Power have entered into an agreement on fuel cell technology that generates electricity from a range of cylinder gases.

Following an initial successful program started last September, BOC and Ceres have entered into a second agreement to carry out precommercial testing and development work.

Ceres chief executive Peter Bance said: “This important follow-up contract underscores how Ceres is progressing rapidly towards a commercial product with its world-beating fuel cell. We have moved beyond research and development and have established strong links with global partners who have excellent channels into a range of market sectors.”

The original trials run for BOC assessed how fuels like LPG and propane could be used to produce electricity when it passes across the surface of the Ceres fuel cell. The fuel cell could be used to provide silent, reliable power and useable heat for a range of off-grid applications from construction sites to telecoms base stations. The two companies will move beyond the initial fuel processing trials already completed, to explore specific market applications in preparation for the launch of a commercial product.

BOC global director sustainable energy, John Carolin, added: “This second-phase contract with Ceres follows on from our original technical feasibility trials, which were successfully completed and showed real promise. The potential markets we have identified represent significant growth opportunities for our business around the world.”

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