AkzoNobel AFC start generating renewable power

AkzoNobel and AFC start generating renewable power

8:57 PM, 15th January 2012
AkzoNobel and AFC start generating renewable power

CRANLEIGH, UK: AkzoNobel NV, the biggest paintmaker, and AFC Energy Plc began generating power using waste hydrogen from a chlorine plant as the fuel-cell company seeks to produce clean energy at factories, supermarkets and departmental stores. AFC installed two of its so-called Beta fuel-cell systems at the AkzoNobel plant in Bitterfeld, Germany, in October and they are now generating power, AFC said in a statement. AFC may seek 1 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) funds earmarked for the Iberdrola SA carbon-capture project that was scrapped in October. AFC’s fuel cells can generate power from the hydrogen gas produced at carbon-capture and storage sites.

“This will be the starting point for a pilot manufacturing facility, which in turn will be the template for our manufacturing as we go through into 2013, 2014 and then forward into large-scale manufacture for the multi-megawatt technology. We don’t compete with other fuel cells; we are aiming to compete with engines and gas turbines. Within a couple of years we could have a product competitive with conventional generating technologies,” said Howard White, Founder, AFC Energy, in a telephonic conversation with Bloomberg News.

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