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.
Posted June 1 2019
Of the thousands gathered in Glasgow at AllEnergy 2019 hoping for fuel cell content there was an embarrassment of riches. One of the clean energy sector’s key calendar events featured more than 50 conference sessions and a wealth of fuel cell presentations, discussions and exhibitors.
The show floor also included a Hydrogen Hub, further emphasising the role of fuel cell technology in realising the UK’s clean energy future. Together with Dr Kendall’s discussion on the opportunities available from commercialising fuel cell technology in the UK, there was a large number of other fuel cell presentations in the Showfloor Theatres.
Again taking place at the SEC in Glasgow, this year a bright red fuel cell-powered double decker bus was the star turn of the exhibition floor among companies like Engie, Urban Energy and Ecotricity.
Highlighting the tremendous intellectual resources available in the UK, as well as the strong engineering heritage and world-leading fuel cell technology innovations, Dr Kendall, the CEO of fuel cell pioneers Adelan Ltd and Chair of the Midlands Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Network, focused on the national opportunities available from the commercialisation of fuel cells in the UK, and the Midlands in particular.
Speaking alongside energy industry heavyweights such as Matthew Knight, Head of Business Development at Siemens’ Power and Gas division, and Joanna Coleman OBE, UK Energy Transition Manager of Shell, Dr Kendall emphasised the scale of emerging global market for UK fuel cells and warned of the very real potential for nations such as China and South Korea to build unassailable market positions – despite the UK’s long-term premier role in technology development.
Commenting on the event Dr Kendall said: “All Energy 2019 is a clear signal that the industry is on the cusp of commercialisation and strong validation of the recently launched UK Fuel Cell Strategy. It’s vital that the UK seizes the opportunity to build a valuable fuel cell manufacturing industry by capitalising on our unique combination of innovation, intellectual capital and regional manufacturing capabilities. We can decarbonise UK industry, ports and cities today using UK fuel cell technology, and it is key government articulate support for that aspiration.”
Developed by the Midlands Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Network and spearheaded by Adelan, the UK Fuel Cell Strategy offers a route to maximise the benefits emerging from the UK’s early leadership in fuel cell technology and covers six core areas. Measures include creating an inclusive talent pipeline and matching public-industry funding for fuel cell development – a Grove Challenge to complement the existing Faraday Challenge for battery technologies, and exceed it in terms of UK wealth creation. The strategy also emphasises how commercial endeavours could be supported and enhanced by government action to encourage UK fuel cell technology suppliers.
Birmingham-based Adelan Ltd pioneered microtubular solid oxide fuel cell (mSOFC) technology more than 30 years ago. Across automotive, stationary, or portable applications – wherever heat and power is needed – Adelan’s patented and scalable technology gives the fuel cell unprecedented flexibility. Allowing the system to run on a range of commonly available fuels such as LPG, natural gas or a propane/butane mix, as well as hydrogen, Adelan fuel cells offer multiple operational and ease-of-use benefits whilst retaining a compact and lightweight footprint.
To discover more about the UK Fuel Cell Strategy or to explore how Adelan and their unique fuel cells can support your future energy ambitions and requirements for clean, quiet and reliable energy, please contact the Adelan team at:
Adelan Ltd, 15 Weekin Works, 112-116 Park Hill Road, Birmingham, B17 9HD (UK)
Tel: +44 (0)121 427 8033