UK automation company Innomech has been appointed to develop automated manufacturing equipment to assemble fuel cell stacks for AFC Energy’s £4.9 million EU backed Power Up programme.
The appointment is part of a €6.1 million (£4.9m) EU development grant that will enable AFC Energy and the Power Up consortium to develop and install commercial-scale energy generation plants using hydrogen as a fuel source.
The work includes the development of automated equipment to dismantle stacks at the end of their working life, allowing key components and materials to be recycled and reused.
One of the first clean energy plants will be located at Air Products’ industrial gas processing facility at Stade, northern Germany. The first of two KORE systems is due to be installed in 2014 and the plant will generate a total of 500 kW electrical output when fully operational.
Immotech commercial director Tim Mead said; “Innomech has always been committed to minimising the environmental impact of its own business so we are delighted to be involved in such a high profile, clean energy project.”