News >>> Enabling UK EV supply chains using hydrogen technology

Fuel cell pioneer, Adelan, has secured funding for a feasibility study that will help to build on UK electric vehicle technology innovation to ramp up manufacturing capacity and associated economic value. The project, backed by the £1 billion UK Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), aims to establish the business case for a substantial uptick of investment in UK automotive manufacturing.

Created to support large-scale industrialisation of the electric vehicle supply chain, the initial focus of the ATF is on companies involved in fuel cells and batteries as well as other key parts of the supply chain, such as power electronics.

Under the Feasibility Study 3 programme, Birmingham-based Adelan, the UK’s oldest fuel cell company, leads a project to build UK capacity for fuel cell manufacture for the
automotive sector. The team will work to build sustainable supply chains using the aerospace expertise in supply chain management and coordination, building on prior experience of scaling-up manufacturing capabilities of Adelan fuel cells. Demonstrating the economies of scale on fuel cell manufacturing costs will dispel some of the misinformation propagated around the cost of fuel cells compared to incumbent technologies like diesel combustion, building customer confidence and accelerating market penetration.

Many of the world’s largest automotive suppliers already have an operating base in the
Midlands region and are building up their EV capabilities. Midlands-based top-tier
automotive suppliers and vehicle manufacturers such as ZF Group, Mahle, GKN and Jaguar Land Rover are investing in ramping up the EV supply chain and fuel cell companies like Adelan are central to their transformation of transport.

“The Midlands is the acknowledged heart of automotive manufacturing here in the UK and as we establish the foundations for sustainable transport, we have a real opportunity to maximise the value of the transport revolution here in the UK. With the help of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, this feasibility study will help us to scale up fuel cell manufacturing from 100s of units to the 100s of thousands of units needed,” says Dr Michaela Kendall, Adelan CEO.

A key part of efforts to reach the goals set out in the government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution and its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, the ATF aims to create a high-value end-to-end electrified automotive supply chain by supporting strategically important capital and R&D investments across the sub-tier components and materials sector. UK businesses can, for example, apply for a share of up to £15 million from the Scale-up Readiness Validation (SuRV) fund for low-carbon technology like fuel cells. The opportunity for the UK upstream EV technology supply chain has a value of at least £24 billion, according to the ATF.

“Transport of people and goods contributes a significant proportion of UK carbon emissions. We must develop zero-emission alternatives to fossil fuels for transport and fuel cells are a real game-changer for transport and a whole host of other applications. Net-zero products must become a target for UK manufacturing and businesses in the Midlands have a real opportunity to work together and engineer the decarbonisation of vehicles using hydrogen and low carbon fuels,” says Stephen Phipson, CEO of UK manufacturing organisation Make UK.

This latest study from the ATF and Adelan builds on the recent H2GVMids project which
explored the capacity of Midlands-based manufacturing to supply the components necessary for a hydrogen fuelled 44-tonne heavy goods vehicle. That study revealed that 85% of the supply chain already exists in the region and that ramping up capacity to manufacture fuel cells at scale could increase that figure to 90% or even 95% of the total value proposition.

“The EV supply chain clearly represents a significant investment opportunity for the UK and the Midlands in particular. We can really build on our strengths to create a global powerhouse that will drive the transformation of transport worldwide and our sustainable future. It’s really now or never, we need to ask ourselves if the UK can afford not to invest in hydrogen and the related technologies we need like fuel cells,” added Dr Kendall.

“Technologies like the fuel cells manufactured by Adelan can support the UK in its transition towards a low-carbon transport system. This will require a high-tech and integrated manufacturing environment and a supporting supply chain.  We need to support the development of this to create growth and provide opportunities for UK companies to establish themselves as manufacturers in the fuel cells market and to capitalise on the technological advancements developed in the UK. At the MTC we understand the need for streamlining and automating assembly lines and we support this through design for manufacturing reviews and working through strategic partnerships.

“We’re very much looking forward to working with industry leaders like Dr Kendall to make sure the Midlands retains its key role in the UK manufacturing sector,” said Huw Sullivan of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

“If we are to maximise the economic and environmental benefits from our home-grown
technology breakthroughs, scaling up manufacturing capacity is a fundamental requirement. We’re based in the Midlands and so fully understand the great strengths of the region’s engineering skills base and our experience in supply chains, design for manufacturing (DfM) and manufacturing techniques perfectly positions us to support that process. ANT Industries is incredibly proud to work with fuel cell pioneers like Adelan to develop the net zero technologies of the future and deliver them into people’s homes and businesses,” said Shaun Rowley, Managing Director at ANT Industries.

News >>> Construction goes net zero with Adelan hydrogen technology

Published May 2022

Diesel could vanish from construction sites with a new collaborative project from fuel cell technology company Adelan. Working with the UK’s leading LPG supplier Calor Gas and major UK equipment hire chains, Adelan is aiming to deploy its unique microporous SOFC technology as an alternative to diesel-fuelled internal combustion engines.

Adelan’s mSOFC technology is hydrogen ready, but can just as easily use LPG or renewable hydrocarbons such as rDME and BioLPG. The goal of the partnership with Calor is to validate the fuel flexibility of mSOFC. It is proving the capability of fuel cells to replace diesel with a range of alternative fuels as the supply chain of green hydrogen scales up to meet new demand.

Given the construction sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of global carbon emissions, reducing the environmental impact of the sector is a crucial step on the road to net zero and the on-site use of fossil fuels like diesel is a key target.

Among a number of policy initiatives encouraging the transition to net-zero, UK tax breaks that supported the use of so-called red diesel in agricultural and construction vehicles were eliminated in April 2022. Given the soaring cost of diesel and with effective diesel subsidies a thing of the past, the construction sector has been looking for an alternative. UK technology innovations such as Adelan’s fuel cells are attracting significant market traction as a result.

“Fuel cell technology offers a really attractive solution as a diesel replacement for construction vehicles. Low-pollution, low-carbon, low-noise and efficient, fuel cells present a host of benefits while Adelan’s patented hydrogen ready technology allows equipment providers to be ready to take advantage of cleaner low-carbon fuels as they emerge,” explains Adelan CEO, Dr Michaela Kendall.

In addition to the use of fuel cells as a direct replacement for diesel engines, Adelan will also validate the potential for Calor’s rDME fuel to be used in its mSOFC equipment. Potentially carbon negative, rDME fuel is designed as a drop in alternative to bottled LPG. Successfully proving its application could have wider benefits for the clean energy transition by enabling Adelan’s technology to be deployed at scale immediately while using a clean fuel with a robust supply chain.

With funding from the £40m ‘Red Diesel Replacement’ competition backed by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the partners will initially deploy Adelan fuel cells in electrified construction platforms such as cherry pickers. This funding has been made available from the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).

Commenting on the programme, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands said: “As we accelerate the UK’s energy independence by boosting clean, home-grown, affordable energy, it’s crucial that our industries reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. This investment will help them to not only cut emissions, but also save money on energy bills, on top of supporting jobs by encouraging green innovation across in the UK.”

“By confirming the benefits of this British technology in the construction sector, this project is helping to establish a strong economic case to move away from fossil fuels and on to cleaner alternatives. The environmental argument is compelling, but considering the financial advantages too there is every good reason for the construction sector to banish diesel for good,” Dr Kendall concludes.

Read about the BEIS programme and the winning Adelante project here here.

News >>> Adelan goes global: Making sense of fuel cells for NZ

Published April 2022

Could hydrogen fuel cells help New Zealand get on the fast-track to achieving our carbon goals? Hydrogen fuel cells are an alternative to batteries in EVs. There are several advantages to hydrogen fuel cells: they don’t need charging, they don’t become degraded, and their only by-product is water. They’re more efficient than other energy sources – cars using hydrogen fuel cells can travel further than battery-powered EVs and can be refuelled more quickly.

But there are disadvantages, too. Hydrogen is difficult to store and transport, it’s expensive to produce, and it needs to be produced zero-carbon way or it’s still relying on fossil fuels. The upfront costs of establishing it as a useful everyday energy source are pretty high.

However, if we could overcome some of those hurdles, hydrogen fuel cells could be a major tool in global efforts to lower our carbon emissions.

Read the full article here.

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News >>> Enabling UK EV supply chains using hydrogen technology

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Adelan technology is powering the next generation of construction vehicles in a partnership with Calor and construction equipment OEMs and hire giants.

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News >>> Adelan goes global: Making sense of fuel cells for NZ

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News >>> Midlands Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Network

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News >>> Adelan releases book HYSTORY: The Story of Hydrogen

We are excited to launch our long-awaited book on the emergence of the hydrogen economy, as an Adelan Publication, called HYSTORY: The Story of Hydrogen.

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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

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