By: Rachael Barker-FuelCell Systems
An ultra-efficient and ground breaking energy technology could power new homes in the Bicester Garden Town if a new study is a success.
First of its kind in the UK
The DIMES (Distributed Integrated Multi-Use Energy System) project – a unique project for the UK – is looking at how a high-tech Fuel Cell system could heat, electrically power and provide hydrogen transport fuel for new developments.
Clean and high quality technology
Fuel cells cleanly and efficiently convert energy from hydrogen-rich fuels into electrical power and usable high quality heat using an electrochemical process.
The study has received £60,000 from Innovate UK and aims to show that the technology, potentially the first of its kind at this size in the UK, is a viable and clean energy source.
Fuel Cell Systems Limited is leading the project alongside partners from the University of Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council and Metropolitan Infrastructure Limited.
Tom Sperrey, CEO of Fuel Cell Systems Limited said: “We are delighted that Innovate UK has awarded the funds to the DIMES project team to investigate this game-changing, clean energy technology.
“We would like to show how Fuel Cell technology would cost effectively heat and power properties, and could bring millions of pounds into the local economy, creating skilled employment for Bicester workers.
“The UK’s widespread air pollution problems would be assisted with the development of the zero-emission hydrogen fuel and is part of a zero carbon future, with the potential to offer more than a gas powered CHP heat network.”
The findings of the project will be published in November this year.