AFC Energy plc, has received its first Partial Building Permit from the Stade permitting authorities in Germany to commence construction of what will be the world’s largest industrial alkaline fuel cell facility.

The permit allows the industrial fuel cell power company to proceed with foundation works, piled foundation works, the reinforced steel concrete base plate, and support work for all of these components.

AFC will also be proceeding at this stage with the plant cable and hardware connections to the medium voltage power grid, as well as connecting to local water and telephone networks.

The consenting process for the AFC fuel cell plant in Stade occurs across several phases with multiple phase permits issued for construction, operating and dispatch of power into the German grid. AFC is continuing work on progressing each of these permits over the coming weeks.

The commencement of construction works at Stade is expected to commence next week, which will affirm delivery of the fifth key milestone in the 2015 POWER-UP programme and, therefore, reaffirms AFC’s ongoing confidence in the deliverability of the fast track execution timetable for the 240kW KORE fuel cell system scheduled for second-half 2015.

Adam Bond, AFC’s CEO, commented, “We are grateful for the close collaboration AFC has had with the consenting agencies in Stade and hope this constructive and professional relationship continues as we both look to deliver a world class fuel cell facility into the region.”