Fuel cell power company AFC Energy has been awarded an EU grant worth $7.7m.

The company is to install the alkaline fuel cell generation system at ICL’s alkaline chemical plant in Essex, UK, the largest such plant in the world.

The award is being funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU), through the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It will provide AFC Energy and ICL and their European project partners with more than four years’ financial support for the project, which was first announced on 25 June 2012.
AFC Energy fuel cell
AFC Energy’s low cost alkaline fuel cell system will be installed in stages at the ICL owned and operated chemical facility and is eventually expected to generate approximately 1MWe (one mega watt of power, enough energy to power 500 homes).

The project is expected to create a significant number of UK jobs in the long term and the stationary fuel cell industry is forecast to create 500,000 jobs globally over the next decade.

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