Ceres Power has announced it will launch a new fuel cell manufacturing facility in the UK to act as a template to develop larger plants.
The facility will be based in Redhill, Surrey and it will see £7m invested over the next two years, with the creation of 60 new jobs.
This will reportedly deliver two megawatts worth of manufacturing capacity by the end of next year – though the facility could expand to up to 10 megawatts capacity.
Ceres Power is a fuel cell technology and engineering company whose aim is to bring cleaner and cheaper energy to businesses, homes and vehicles.
The company is working with world-leading partners to embed their SteelCell technology in mass-market energy products for the commercial, residential and transportation markets.
The flexible technology can generate power 24 hours a day, all year round from conventional fuels like natural gas and from sustainable fuels like biogas, ethanol or hydrogen.
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The announcement comes shortly after the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) awarded £35m of government funding to three UK-based innovative low carbon powertrain projects, including Ceres Power in August.
The powertrain projects are hoping to enhance the UK’s supply chain and competitiveness in the development of ultra-low emission vehicles.
The project consortiums are made up of several leading companies, including: hofer powertrain, Aston Martin, Ceres Power, Nissan, Artemis Intelligent Power, Danfoss, and Robbie Fluid Engineering.
The Manufacturer spoke to managing director of Artemis Intelligent Power, Niall Caldwell, to talk about the company’s low carbon project.
Caldwell said: “This project is to support the development of products for the off-highway equipment market, which will save energy, CO2, and it should also make a positive business case to the end consumers simply by saving fuel and therefore money.”