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Adelan: Building the hydrogen economy for 25 years

We are leading the UK hydrogen economy to deliver clean air.
The founders of Adelan [Est. 1996] – Professor Kevin Kendall FRS and Dr Michaela Kendall – invented the core microtubular solid oxide fuel cell (mSOFC) technology in 1992.

Adelan develops low carbon products for the clean energy market and offers unique fuel cell system sales and strategic partnership to customers looking to decarbonise.

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Hydrogen Experts

Adelan is the leading global microtubular SOFC developer, for clean, portable, off-grid systems. We offer clients expert industry knowledge and an unrivalled understanding of the global hydrogen economy.

Technology

Adelan built global credibility for the patented core microtubular technology. Adelan enables battery/renewable/hydrogen systems using cheap, readily-available fuels like LPG, natural gas, etc.

Hydrogen Markets

Adelan develops, demonstrates and sells small, portable power products. Adelan is a growing commercial team, supported by scientists and engineers with four decades’ of experience in the hydrogen economy.

Products

With over three decades working to address commercial barriers and market risk, Adelan is the go-to group for future-proofed mSOFC technology product development, pioneering the low carbon, hydrogen economy.

Bespoke R&D

Adelan’s global technology networks and continuous R&D allows clients to leverage valuable fuel cell and hydrogen technology experience by engaging in game-changing hydrogen economy projects.

Scale-Up

In-house manufacturing of visionary products delivers exciting scale up opportunities for green growth. Remote monitoring of system performance and carbon deliver valuable servitisation.

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  • Founded Adelan and made first Zirconia microtubes

  • Built first large demonstrator

  • First sales of demonstrators

  • First large commercial project; lab in Birmingham

  • First small demonstrator

  • The first sale of 250W system and UAV demonstrator

  • Portable Power Pack for camper van demonstrator

    Adelan microtubular solid oxide fuel cell battery range extender

  • Portable Power Pack for LNG truck demonstrator

  • Mobile and nano chargers

  • mCHP demonstrator

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30+ years of experience

Our People

Adelan is based in central Birmingham, one of the UK’s leading fuel cell research centres. Adelan works with Birmingham City University and the hydrogen facilities at Aston University.

Our Vacancies

Adelan are looking for talented, ambitious engineers to develop our clean energy solid oxide fuel cell technology. We are based in Birmingham, UK. 

If you are interested in joining our dynamic and diverse team, email the Adelan HR Coordinator with a one-page CV, outlining your skills and experience. We will send you a detailed description of the current opportunities available at Adelan. 

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Core Technology

Scalable from small portable units, right up to grid-connected power stations, fuel cells represent a growing clean growth opportunity. Fuel cells are the cleanest possible technology for dependable and reliable electricity generation. With one of the longest running fuel cell R&D programmes in the world – and the longest running mSOFC programme – delivery of portable and mobile power solutions is Adelan’s core strength.

Crucially, Adelan’s quiet, compact and efficient fuel cells use commonly available infrastructure fuels such as LPG and act as a technological stepping stone towards the low-carbon and clean hydrogen economy of the future. Accelerating commercial product development through component and system cost reduction, Adelan develops and optimises mSOFC technology – from materials to design specifications.

Portable & Mobile

Adelan has the skills and capabilities to design, develop and implement micro-power solutions for a range of applications. Technical skills are focused on mSOFC systems, materials processing, SOFC testing and use of various fuels, including hydrocarbons.

With more than three decades’ experience in fuel cell material benefits, degradation analysis, system design, and fuel cell demonstration, Adelan has produced numerous demonstrators over the last 20+ years.

In 1998, development of the world’s first portable rapid starting SOFC fuelled by butane was one significant project. Described in the Journal of Power Sources, this project joins many others, such as the development of micro CHP demonstrator units in 1997 and 2000.

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Remote Power

Microtubular solid oxide fuel cell (mSOFC) technology specific performance depends on the system and application, but there are general criteria that make Adelan mSOFCs especially competitive:

  • Operation on infrastructure hydrocarbon fuels such as LNG, as well as hydrogen
  • Efficient generation of heat and power
  • Quiet, low emission operation
  • Stackable and scalable from small light-weight, portable applications like battery chargers to combined heat and power generators
  • Progressive development on manufacturing costs and market performance indicators
  • Favourable key performance indicators for fuel cells on lifetime, energy density and cost

Market and Products

Adelan’s key market is the rapidly expanding decentralised power market. This is a global, scalable market ripe for rapid, clean growth and driven by the accelerating worldwide demand to decarbonise energy and improve air quality.

The core business relates to integrating mSOFC technology into products for power and heat applications. Unmanned airborne vehicles, recreational vehicles, portable power, vehicles, remote power and micro combined heat and power (mCHP) have all emerged in recent years as strong growth markets for Adelan. Scale-up of manufacturing, maturing supply chains and developing early markets are key to decarbonisation.

With growing environmental, regulatory and energy security concerns, Adelan works with partners to develop micro-power solutions to today’s low carbon energy challenges.

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Strategic Partnership

Adelan works to commercialise hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with strategic and policy partners, plus investors. Partners may purchase systems, license IP or engage in technology development. New IP, applications and geographical markets continue to emerge as governments seek to decarbonise global energy systems.

Adelan works with industry, governments and academia to commercialise mSOFC technology. The Adelan team have decades’ of experience in the hydrogen economy development around the world.

Adelan co-authored of the founding documents of the European Industry Grouping for the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), was a partner at the UNIDO Hydrogen Centre and a participant in EV100. Adelan is currently leading on UK fuel cell policy with national and regional players in The Midlands.

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Expert fuel cell industry knowledge through to fuel cell sales

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Adelan provides a range of core services to customers, from expert fuel cell industry knowledge through to fuel cell system sales. Adelan fuel cells are used for portable power, micro combined heat and power (mCHP), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), road, recreational and commercial vehicles.

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News >>> Adelan H2 car lease exceeds driver expectations

As the historic UK Hydrogen Strategy arrives this week, hydrogen cars are made available for lease from Adelan, to anyone trying to decarbonise their travel at work or play

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News>>>Adelan drives hydrogen fuel demand in the Midlands with Toyota Mirai lease

With Birmingham’s clean air zone (CAZ) live today, Adelan zero emission fuel cell vehicles offer the opportunity to go one step further and scrub the air cleaner as they drive

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News >>> Adelan drives hydrogen technologies onto the levelling-up agenda

High profile roles on key business and technology bodies mean Adelan is driving the levelling-up agenda to recognise technical leadership in The Midlands for a green recovery, with a focus on hydrogen innovation

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News >>> Calor supports Adelan technology for low carbon off-grid power generation

In order to replace diesel generators in clean air zones, Calor is providing BioLPG to Adelan fuel cell trials today to achieve the same carbon reductions as future fuels like hydrogen.

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News >>> Celebrating 25 years as a world class hydrogen economy pioneer, from the UK

Adelan, the UK’s oldest fuel cell firm, is celebrating 25 years championing a clean energy technology that is set to transform lives for the better.

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News >>> UK Research and Innovation funding for Midlands energy transition

As a UK Government programme roadmaps the decarbonisation of industry clusters in The Midlands, fuel cells and hydrogen are set to feature in line with the UK Ten Point Plan.

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BLOG > COVID-19 and the green recovery: The clean air connection

The worldwide lockdown revealed the true extent of global air pollution for the first time. Despite the economic chaos, it provides huge impetus to tackle a global health challenge.

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News >>> Adelan CEO heads up green growth strategy group

Adelan’s Dr Michaela Kendall is to chair the low-carbon steering group set to boost green recovery in the Midlands by implementing an environmental technologies action plan.

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Event >> COVID-19: The Midlands Green Recovery

Delivered in collaboration with the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, discover how fuel cells and hydrogen will support the Green Recovery in the Midlands.

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News >>> Adelan CEO is Mission Innovation Hydrogen Champion for UK

Adelan chief executive Dr Michaela Kendall has been named as one of twenty-one Mission Innovation Champions around the world in recognition of her role in the clean energy transition.

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News >>> Powering Birmingham’s future: Adelan demonstrates green growth in low carbon sector

Low carbon technology business Adelan is featured in Birmingham Chamber of Commerce magazine Chamberlink.

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News >>> Adelan CEO appears in Leaders Council Podcast

Michaela Kendall from Adelan appears in Leaders Council podcast alongside Geoff Hurst.

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News >>> Fuel duty change boosts fuel cell business case compared to diesel

Changes to taxes on diesel are expected to drive home the economic case for fuel cells in the construction sector. Add in that fuel cells are clean, quiet and efficient and the business case is compelling.

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News >>>Adelan CEO celebrated with leading female entrepreneur award

Fuel cell pioneer Dr Michaela Kendall has been honoured on International Women’s Day with recognition as a leading female entrepreneur.

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News >>>Adelan teams up with BCU to launch Birmingham fuel cell incubator

Adelan and BCU team up to support new green technology businesses to grow in Birmingham, targeting local problems like climate change and air pollution.

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News >>>Adelan fuel cells extend solar energy storage capacity in Chinese homes

A solar/battery/fuel cell hybrid energy system is using Adelan mSOFC technology to power up Chinese homes, with the potential of delivering round-the-clock clean power and heat.

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Blog > Adelan helps HS2 to go low carbon using fuel cells

Hydrogen ready fuel cells can be used to almost eliminate carbon emissions from portable and remote power generation on building sites during the construction phase of HS2, even using hydrocarbons.

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News >>> HS2 makes cost savings using Adelan fuel cell tech

New analysis confirms that Adelan fuel cells offer considerable savings for mega construction projects like the UK’s HS2 rail project. With benefits across greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, noise pollution and even operational costs, Adelan’s mSOFCs are a game changer for large infrastructure projects.

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Blog > Adelan Fuel Cells featured in Unmanned Systems Technology Magazine

It’s all in the tubes. A unique take on the solid oxide fuel cell holds great promise for fixed-wing UAVs.

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Blog > A simple clean air, low-carbon energy hack

Fuel cell pioneers Adelan led a cleantech brainstorming event recently in a bid to solve some of society’s biggest challenges. Spearheading the event at STEAMHouse, Birmingham’s leading business incubator, their conclusions were disturbingly simple: Back local low carbon innovators.

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Event >> Adelan front and centre of Birmingham clean-tech revolution

Technology pioneers Adelan are headlining Birmingham’s Greentech event next month as the city showcases the world’s best clean technology at its premier sustainability show.

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Blog > Billionaires backing fuel cells

Maverick billionaire Elon Musk may not be betting on fuel cells for the future, but given that the majority of his peers are it looks like this visionary will ultimately be on the wrong side of history.

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Event >> Cleaning up urban air with fuel cells

Birmingham Mayor Andy Street is backing technologies like Adelan fuel cells to solve the crisis of urban air pollution and the climate change challenge.

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News >>> All Energy goes heavy on fuel cells to decarbonise UK

In a two-day programme packed with fuel cell content, All-Energy 2019 explored the national opportunities to start decarbonising today, with commercialisation of fuel cells in the Midlands outlined by Adelan CEO Dr Michaela Kendall.

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Blog > China stimulates fuel cell and hydrogen economies

The spectacular success of today’s battery technologies has prompted a significant shift towards enabling technologies, in particular hydrogen and fuel cells for electric vehicle range extenders and air con APUs.

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Event >> UK fuel cell industry builds national strategy

Standing room only as leading fuel cell and hydrogen industry players gathered at Birmingham’s NEC recently to build on the UK’s national hydrogen and fuel cell development strategy.

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Blog > Adelan CEO on the importance of fuel cell technology in Birmingham

Adelan is the longest running fuel cell company in Britain and is the only fuel cell company in Birmingham. As Chair of the Midlands Hydrogen and Fuel cell Network, the Adelan CEO Michaela Kendall describes how fuel cells are being developed in the region and discusses Adelan’s manufacturing plans for future sustainable growth.

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News >>> The Telegraph’s Andrew English road tests a hydrogen car over 1,000 miles

Telegraph Cars puts the cutting-edge Hyundai Nexo to the sternest test so far of the technology that supplies electricity without the need for heavy battery packs – at the same time, following in the wheel tracks of the earliest pioneering motorists to prove its feasibility

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Event >> Adelan completes successful fuel cell trade mission to China

Adelan Ltd, the UK’s oldest fuel cell company, has completed a successful trade mission to China. Meeting with high-level decision-makers from two Chinese provinces earlier this month, Adelan chief executive officer Dr Michaela Kendall garnered commercial interest in their patented fuel cells from some of the world’s largest technology players.

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News >>> UK fuel cell pioneer plans for growth with expanded site

Reflecting exciting market developments, Adelan Ltd – the UK’s oldest fuel cell firm – has relocated to larger premises. Pioneers of microtubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, Adelan is rapidly expanding to accommodate anticipated growth in demand for its clean, quiet and robust fuel cell designs.

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Event >> How fuel cells and hydrogen change the atmosphere

Professor Michaela Kendall discusses how the use of fuel cells and hydrogen can change the atmosphere. She also highlights the founding of the Midlands Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Network, a commercially-led, inclusive interest group which aims to consolidate the strengths of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector in the region.

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Blog > The Midlands can still lead Mission Innovation to clear the atmosphere

Since the VW emissions scandal broke, air pollution in cities has remained a top public health concern. With such stories rarely out of the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that something has recently emerged from medical science illustrating the dangers of combustion-generated air pollution to human health.

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