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FuelCell Energy Solutions Announces Delivery of German-Made Fuel Cell Power Plant to Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Office Complex

  • Highly efficient and environmentally friendly power generation
  • Adequate to power approximately 500 German homes for one year

DRESDEN, GermanyFuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH, a provider of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today announced the delivery of its first German manufactured fuel cell power plant to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) office complex that is being constructed by BAM Deutschland AG in Berlin, Germany. A delivery ceremony is being held at the BMBF construction site at 10 am Central European Summer Time (CEST) on October 8. FuelCell Energy Solutions is managing the installation of the power plant and commissioning is expected in mid-2014 once construction of the office complex nears completion.

“Our customers purchase fuel cell power plants to solve their power generation challenges and meet their sustainability goals,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer FuelCell Energy, Inc. and Managing Director, FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH. ”We are excited to demonstrate to the marketplace the many attributes of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power generation from stationary fuel cell power plants made right here in Germany.”

FuelCell Energy Solutions is installing the power plant inside the BMBF complex as the virtual absence of pollutants, quiet operation and lack of vibrations enables fuel cell power plants to be located in populated areas. The power plant is configured for combined heat and power to enhance efficiency and the high quality heat will be used to generate steam for facility heating and absorption chilling. The fuel cell power plant will provide approximately 40 percent of the electrical needs and 20 percent of the thermal needs of the facility.

“We provide a comprehensive power generation solution including installation of the power plant combined with operation and maintenance under multi-year service agreements,” said Andreas Frömmel, Vice President Commercial and Business Development, FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH. ”We strive to make it easy for our customers to benefit from the many attributes of fuel cell power plants while contracting the operation and maintenance to us.”

FuelCell Energy Solutions Direct FuelCell® power plants generate electricity and usable high quality heat utilizing an electrochemical reaction that emits virtually no pollutants. Avoiding the emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (Sox) and particulate matter (PM10) supports clean air regulations and benefits public health. The high efficiency of the fuel cell power generation process reduces fuel costs and carbon emissions, and producing both electricity and heat from the same unit of fuel drives economics while simultaneously promoting sustainability. Fuel cells can achieve up to 90 percent efficiency when configured to use the high quality heat generated by the power plant in a combined heat & power (CHP) mode.

FCES, with its German manufacturing base, is the sales, manufacturing and service business for the European Served Area for FuelCell Energy, Inc. FCES is a joint venture between Fraunhofer IKTS Fraunhofer IKTS and FuelCell Energy (Nasdaq:FCEL).

About FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH

FuelCell Energy Solutions manufactures, sells, installs, and services stationary fuel cell power plants that efficiently and economically generate electricity and usable high quality heat suitable for making steam. Administrative offices are located in Dresden, Germany and manufacturing operations are located in Ottobrun, Germany. Continuous power generated at the point of use with the virtual absence of pollutants supports energy security and power reliability as well as sustainability initiatives. Ultra-Clean baseload distributed generation is attractive to electric utilities, universities, hospitals, government facilities, industrial operations and other locations with significant power needs. For more information please visit our website at www.fces.de

October 8, 2013 - 11:57 AM No Comments

FCO Power Develops High Volumetric Power Density, Low-cost Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack

Printed Fuel Cell(TM) appearance and conceptual diagram (Graphic: Business Wire)

The Printed Fuel CellTM achieves 3 kW/L with one tenth the thickness of conventional technology

NAGOYA, Japan–FCO Power Inc. today announced the development of a next-generation solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The Printed Fuel CellTM achieves high volumetric power density – 3 kW/L – at low cost.

Printed Fuel CellTM features

The Printed Fuel CellTM is a SOFC stack in which all single cell layers, including separators (anode, electrolyte, cathode, and ceramic separator) are laminated repeatedly before sintering and subsequently simultaneously sintered only once as a stack.

The Printed Fuel CellTM does not require a cell support because it does not need to maintain mechanical strength as single cell unit. As a result, the total thickness of a single cell and separator is just 0.3 mm, which is approximately one tenth the thickness of conventional technology. Because it is so thin, the Printed Fuel CellTM achieves 3 kW/L, which is the highest level in the world, and significantly surpasses the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)’s stack power density target for 2020 to 2030, which is 0.4 to 1 kW/L according to NEDO’s fuel cell and hydrogen technology road map for 2010.

Additionally, the Printed Fuel CellTM has a simple, thin laminated structure that requires a limited amount of material and parts, making it suitable for low-cost, automated mass production. As a result, FCO Power expects to be able to price the Printed Fuel CellTM at a level that is well below NEDO’s target stack price of JPY50,000 /kW for 2020 to 2030.

Leveraging this high volumetric power density and low cost, FCO Power aims to commercialize the Printed Fuel CellTM around 2018 to 2020 with a focus on application in limited spaces, such as in apartments for home use, and for distributed power use in offices and factories, which require significant cost efficiency.

This technology will be presented at the 13th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells on October 9, 2013, in Okinawa, Japan.

SOFC background

Among the several types of fuel cell available, SOFCs are expected to become especially widely used because of their higher power generation efficiency and ability to operate with a diverse variety of gases, including renewable biogas. However, reducing the cost of fuel cells, especially SOFC stacks, is a major issue for broad application. FCO Power’s Printed Fuel CellTM now solves the cost issue.

FCO Power Inc.

FCO Power is a SOFC start-up focusing on SOFC stacks, founded on October 1, 2010. In 2005, its predecessor, FCO Co., Ltd., started joint research and development around next-generation SOFC stacks with Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC), a leading ceramics institution. From 2008, activities were accelerated with support from the University of Tokyo Edge Capital (UTEC), one of the leading technology venture capital investors in Japan.

Currently, FCO Power is participating in NEDO’s “New Energy Venture Business Technology Innovation Program 2013”. The company has participated in several other innovation projects including one led by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

October 8, 2013 - 6:38 AM No Comments

AFC Energy participates in Waste2Tricity fundraise

Investment demonstrates AFC Energy’s continued support for partners’ energy-from-waste projects as Waste2Tricity raises £1 million

AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), the fuel cell energy developer for industry, is pleased to announce that it has participated in a £1 million funding round in Waste2Tricity Ltd. (“W2T”), a solutions provider for the waste-to-energy sector, in which AFC Energy owns a 23% stake. AFC Energy committed £50,000 in an oversubscribed round which included existing and new investors as well as board directors of W2T.

Waste2Tricity works with clients and partners to develop, fund and support energy-from-waste (“EfW”) deployment projects where there are great environmental and commercial benefits from treating waste as a feedstock resource, rather than as a problem to be buried in landfill or burned in incinerators. W2T is involved in developing a number of these projects which, if successfully brought to fruition, could offer AFC Energy an exciting opportunity in the medium term once volume production has commenced.

AFC Energy has been a partner of W2T since the Company took a 25% stake in W2T in June 2009. In April 2012 W2T exercised its right to exclusively represent AFC Energy in the UK until 2022 for the integration of fuel cells with hydrogen derived from the plasma gasification of municipal solid waste. As part of the agreement AFC Energy will receive an initial fee of £1 million over a period of four years, of which £0.2 million has already been received.

AFC Energy’s participation in this round of funding demonstrates the Company’s continued support for W2T. Following the completed fundraise W2T is valued at approximately £10 million, which values AFC Energy’s stake at £2.3 million.

The raised funds will provide working capital for W2T to continue its ongoing projects while aggressively pursuing its strategy to create opportunities for the deployment of AFC Energy’s fuel cell technology and be one of the first large scale operators of AFC Energy fuel cells. AFC Energy will continue to work with W2T to target and develop EfW opportunities as they arise.

Ian Williamson, Chief Executive of AFC Energy plc, said: “Our continued support of W2T will help open up potentially lucrative opportunities for our low cost fuel cells to be utilised within the energy-from-waste sector. Part of AFC Energy’s long term strategy is to licence our technology in a variety of applicable sectors and we look forward to continuing our work with W2T with the goal of generating electricity from domestic and commercial waste.”

Shareholders at W2T include Roman Abramovich’s Ervington Investments, who hold a 9% stake following their investment in November 2012, and who also own a 11.2% stake in AFC Energy.
For further information please contact:

AFC Energy plc
Ian Williamson, Chief Executive
Ian Balchin, Deputy Chairman
Jane Dumeresque, Finance Director & Company Secretary
+44 (0)1483 276726

October 8, 2013 - 6:01 AM No Comments

Waste2Tricity Raises £1 Million to Support Aggressive International Growth Strategy

LONDON–Waste2Tricity (W2T), the cutting edge structured solutions provider for the waste to energy sector, has successfully completed a £1 million round of fundraising from new investors from the UK, Europe, Thailand, Australia, UAE and Israel together with current shareholders and board directors – which was over-subscribed.

A number of key factors fuelled the success of this fundraising:

  • Bilsthorpe Business Park, Nottinghamshire is the potential home, subject to planning permission, of the new, modern and efficient Bilsthorpe Energy Centre (BEC) on land provided by Waste2tricity’s partner Peel Holdings and W2T’s first project , is moving towards completion of its Concept Design Study (CDS) phase;
  • W2T is actively investigating other suitable and viable sites in the UK;
  • The establishment of Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) Ltd, April 2013 is now enabling W2T to work in partnership with a number of Thai companies, government departments, waste company operators and land owners to collaboratively develop a pipeline of waste to energy projects.

These interim funds give W2T on-going working capital for its current plans and allow the company to pursue its aggressive strategy to create a large opportunity for early deployment of the AFC Energy fuel cell technology, positioned to achieve commercial roll out by 2016, revolutionising the waste-to-energy industry. This will enable W2T to gain a leading, first-to-market position with the most advanced technologies available anywhere in the world.

W2T has been actively deploying a pilot strategy in Thailand that will lead to the establishment of a number of subsidiaries, each operating in target geographies, that will co-operate with its primary front-end plasma gasification supplier, Alter NRG Westinghouse, to establish partnerships with local strategic partners. It is the primary goal of W2T to be one of the first large scale operators of AFC Energy fuel cells which will give the net output of any waste-to-energy plant up to 50% more electricity output than any other competing system. Currently W2T is in discussion with Thai companies that have aggregated waste streams in excess of 10,000 tons per day that would, in the fullness of time, provide sufficient hydrogen to power close to 1000 MW of fuel cells within the next 5 years.

Peter Jones OBE, Chairman of W2T says, “We are delighted to announce the completion of our successful fundraising which has been strongly supported by both existing and new investors and clearly indicates strong investor confidence. The combination of Alter NRG’s plasma gasification and AFC Energy is clearly creating a viral technology with this investment recognising the value of Waste2Tricity’s waste management proposition, which is meeting an ever-more pressing need in European and Asian energy markets.”

Established in 2008, Waste2Tricity works with clients and partners to develop, fund and support EfW deployment projects that integrate proven plasma gasification and internal combustion engines/gas turbines (ICEs/GTs). Shareholders at the global waste solutions firm include Roman Abramovich’s Ervington Investments, who acquired a 10% share capital stake in November last year. Waste2tricty was actively involved with the $500 million Air Products Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility (TV1), a 350,000 ton 50MW program utilising Alter NRG Westinghouse waste to energy project currently being built in Tees Valley and subsequently the announcement of TV2, a duplicate project adjacent to TV1.

Waste2Tricity

Waste2tricity is a structured solutions provider for the waste to energy sector. Its shareholders include Ervington Investments (UBO Roman Abramovich), Age of Reason Foundation and Eturab, all of whom are substantial shareholders in AFC Energy and/or Alter NRG Westinghouse and represent approx. 30% of each company. For more information, visit Waste2Tricity at www.waste2tricity.com

AFC Energy

Founded in 2006, AFC Energy plc is re-engineering proven alkaline fuel cell technology to reduce the cost of electricity. Alkaline fuel cells have been used on US and Russian manned space missions for decades to provide electrical power and drinking water. By using modern materials, design tools and manufacturing processes at scale, AFC Energy is developing fuel cells that will compete with conventional technologies such as turbines for electrical power generation. Today, AFC Energy is pursuing opportunities in several sectors where hydrogen is readily available including the chlorine, clean coal and waste-to-energy industries as well as applications for distributed/back-up power. For further information, please visit our website: www.afcenergy.com.

Alter NRG

Alter NRG provides alternative energy solutions to meet the growing demand for environmentally responsible and economically viable energy in world markets. Alter NRG’s primary objective is to further commercialize the Westinghouse Plasma Gasification Technology, through its wholly owned subsidiary, to provide renewable and clean energy solutions from a wide variety of feedstocks, and provide a wide variety of energy outputs – including liquid fuels like ethanol and diesel, electrical power, and syngas: www.alternrg.com

October 8, 2013 - 5:48 AM No Comments