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Fuel cell developer AFC Energy to partner Foster Wheeler

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 18:36 -- Ruth Williams

AFC Energy has teamed up with Foster Wheeler to develop and roll out fuel cell systems for industrial applications on a commercial basis.

Foster Wheeler will work with AFC Energy in the engineering and benchmarking of AFC Energy's fuel cell systems and scaling up deployment of these systems at commercial sites - including at Industrial Chemicals Ltd (ICL), a leading UK chemicals company, where 1 MW hydrogen fuel cell plant will be installed.

During an initial 12-month period, Foster Wheeler will focus on the review of critical design and fabrication milestones for AFC Energy's base-level multi-cartridge 250 kW generation system that will form the building block of the ICL plant. Foster Wheeler will also chair independent safety and reliability reviews, including HAZOP and model reviews to evaluate engineering designs.

AFC Energy and Foster Wheeler plan to develop their relationship to a stage where Foster Wheeler would be the selected contractor to design and install full-scale fuel systems based on AFC technology in a wide range of industrial and utility-scale applications.

Ian Williamson, Chief Executive of AFC Energy, said: "This working partnership will help us as we advance from a design stage technology business to a commercial scale company. As we prepare to deploy our systems in commercial settings, it is essential that we have objective experts on hand to put our plans through their paces and ensure that we are delivering a robust product.”