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UK politicians educated on fuel cell potential

A seminar aimed at educating members of parliament in Westminster, London was held last week, with peers hearing the argument in favour of the Feed-In-Tarriff being expanded to take in fuel cell technology.

Ian Williamson, Chief Executive of AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), the industrial fuel cell power company, was one of several panellists at a seminar in Parliament organised by the UK Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (UKHFCA), the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) and All Party Parliamentary Group on Intelligent Energy (APPGIE).
Houses of Parliament London

In a lively debate, Ian Williamson and representatives from other leading UK fuel cell and hydrogen companies explored the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in delivering a low carbon economy, the competitiveness of hydrogen and fuel cells relative to alternative options, the nature and scale of the hydrogen and fuel cell opportunity for and how this opportunity can be realised.

The event coincided with a series of one-to-one meetings with MPs and Government Officials aimed at gathering support for the UKHCFA’s new Feed-in Tariff Campaign.

Ian Williamson, who is also a director of the UKHFCA, said: “The benefits of this technology are yet to be reflected in government policy, and we are seeing the UK and Europe lag behind the US and Korea in terms of government support for base load power from fuel cell technology.

Dennis Hayter, the chairman of the UKHFCA and Vice President, Business Development of Intelligent Energy said: “With the appropriate policy framework in place, our members can rapidly accelerate commercialisation, generating significant numbers of ‘green collar’ jobs and helping to achieve climate change targets.”

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