Spain will receive a boost to its hydrogen ecosystem today (March 1) with AFC Energy and ACCIONA revealing that its “first” hybrid hydrogen fuel cell system will be deployed in the country.
The hybrid fuel cell (HFC) system will be integrated into a Spanish construction site north of Cadiz as a means to decarbonise the site and disperse the reliance on fossil fuels.
The HFC system builds on the architecture of AFC Energy’s Anion Exchange Membrane system and will also look to leverage AFC Energy’s ability to adopt green methanol as a fuel.
In doing so, the technology will complement the AEM system’s ability to accept green ammonia, maximising the fuel flex approach to lower cost hydrogen carrier fuels.
Dr. Miguel A. París, Head of the PMO & Sustainable Building & Industrial Area of the Construction R&D Centre at ACCIONA, said, “We have been impressed with the large strides achieved by AFC Energy over the past 18 months and seeing the product roadmap outlined by the Company for the construction industry made the decision to transition our trial to the more energy dense fuel cell technology a compelling one.
“ACCIONA is proudly at the vanguard of industrial decarbonisation, and we look forwards to working with AFC Energy in providing zero emission power solutions to the meet the global challenge of achieving net zero.”
Adam Bond, CEO of AFC Energy, said, “AFC Energy’s partnership with ACCIONA is key in demonstrating commercially and technically viable, yet sustainable, power generation solutions that meet the ambitious emission reduction agenda of the global off-grid power market.
“Our new HFC technology platform is one of several new products we are introducing to provide industry with higher energy density, reduced footprint and higher efficiency fuel cell systems that support the decarbonisation of off-grid power and construction sites.
“We very much look forwards to continuing our partnership with ACCIONA as part of this field deployment this year.”