AFC Energy’s revolutionary KORE system successfully achieved the penultimate Milestone 10 in its 2015 POWER-UP programme.

It achieved Milestone 10 by commencing temporary operation of an entire tier of eight fuel cell cartridges on the KORE system where it achieved a maximum output from the tier of just over 40kWe.

This latest trial is important as it helped demonstrate:

  • The KORE fuel cell system is capable, on a tier level (comprising eight fuel cell cartridges), of operating in an industrial environment, to deliver acceptable power output over the test period, for dispatch into the power grid.
  • The power conditioning infrastructure to facilitate feeding energy into the grid has now been further tested with power supplied into the grid with further work identified in preparation for the 240kWe full commissioning.
  • The safety, integrity and operability of the fuel cell stack is confirmed over the test period, when operating in series across a single tier of eight fuel cell cartridges. 

This achievement, executed in accordance with the ambitious timeline set in December 2014, gives AFC further confidence in the commencement of the final phase trial (Milestone 11) at Stade, scheduled to be accomplished by year end.

Adam Bond, AFC’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “When we sat down in December 2014 to devise an aggressive roadmap for the deployment of our first industrial scale fuel cell in Germany, we knew there would be challenges and obstacles we would need to overcome in order to achieve our goals. But to continue to hit our targets and deliver on our commitments almost 12 months into the programme is a testament to the technology and to our team.”