Press release - Energy technology innovation to benefit from £9 million new investment

28 Aug 2009

  £17 million worth of new research and development into innovative technologies to help meet climate change targets and secure the UK's energy supplies has been announced by the Technology Strategy Board.

The government-funded organisation, created to drive technological innovation in the UK, is to invest nearly £9 million in the nine world-leading, industry-driven development projects involving fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.  The total value of the research, taking into account contributions from the participating companies, is in the region of £17 million.

The projects will develop innovative solutions for fuel cell applications in the stationary, transport and portable power markets.  The technologies to be developed will aim to lower costs while significantly improving reliability, durability and performance levels of low, intermediate and high temperature fuel cell systems.

The hydrogen technologies projects will identify how to help the adoption of hydrogen as an energy vector in the UK and develop a sustainable hydrogen supply, in parallel with other major developing low carbon energy industries such as those in fuel cells, alternative fuels and carbon abatement technologies.  In particular, the projects will look to tackle the challenges related to hydrogen generation, storage and utilisation.

Filomena La Porta, lead technologist at the Technology Strategy Board, commented:

"Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are priority areas for our investment as new technologies can contribute to tackling the UK and EU climate change targets and security of energy supply challenges, while at the same time they can provide significant market opportunities for British companies.  We expect the technologies that will be developed to help us make real progress towards market adoption."

One of the projects, led by ACAL Energy, will build & install the world's first fuel cell system using low cost platinum free cathode technology.  The three-year project will research, build and test the world's first low cost, integrated 1kW remote environmental monitoring system, using ACAL Energy's novel platinum-free cathode technology.  The project will deliver a low cost, practical system in a genuine application with an optimized design, located and field tested in Cheshire.

The other partners in the project are Solvay Interox, JM Fuel Cells, UPS Systems, CPI, University of Cardiff and the University of Southampton.  The Technology Strategy Board will invest £974,000 in the project, which will in total cost in the region of £1.9 million.

A second project, led by Intelligent Energy, will develop enhanced fuel cell systems for commercial and passenger vehicle applications.  Partners in the three year, £2.8 million development project, in which the Technology Strategy Board will invest £1.4 million, include Ricardo UK, TRW Conekt and Dyson Technology.  In addition, Royal Mail Group, DHL and TATA European Technical Centre will form a technology and user advisory panel.

The development programme, which will start in October, aims to enhance the reliability, durability and performance of Intelligent Energy's class leading fuel cell engines, which are already in use in Peugeot-Citroën and Fuel Cell Taxi vehicles, whilst also reducing costs. 

(full details of these projects are provided in the Notes to Editors, below)

This is the second major recent investment by the Technology Strategy Board in the development of new technology for the energy generation and supply sector.  In July, the Board announced that it is to invest nearly £5 million in new research and development to find innovative technology solutions to help in maximising recovery of the UK's hydrocarbon resources.  The 10 industry-driven projects, which have a total value in excess of £9 million, will focus on technologies that tackle the challenge of maximising the recovery of hydrocarbon reserves from the harsh environment of the UK Continental Shelf, while improving the environmental performance of oil and gas operations. Ends

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Nick Sheppard
Media Relations Consultant Technology Strategy Board
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For full press release including notes to editors please follow this link - Energy technology innovation to benefit from £9 million new investment 


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