Our team has a depth of experience in technology, engineering and business and a rich mix of technical, project management and communications skills

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We are often on the lookout for hands-on mechanical, electrochemical, materials engineers and technicians to join our team. 

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Coventry-based SME Microcab has developed the H2EV, a prototype lightweight city car as a model for future mobility. Measuring just 3.5 metres in length, the Microcab H2EV has a Lotus-engineered bonded-aluminium chassis, weighing just 60kg, and allowing for both passenger car and commercial vehicle body-styles.

Arcola Energy has integrated Horizon and Ballard air-cooled fuel cells using our complete system, including hydrogen cylinder and delivery system, fuel cell, power and control electronics, ECU, and remote monitoring system. The H2EV has a range of up to 180 miles on a single 1.8kg tank of hydrogen, which can be filled in just three minutes.

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TCP are leading producers of lighting towers for construction sites. Arcola Energy integrated a Hymera and hydrogen supply into the TCP Ecolite range of task and security lighting systems.

With no internal combustion engine or harmful emissions, Ecolite‐H2 can be used in a wide range of locations including under bridges or in tunnels. This makes Ecolite‐H2 suitable forlocations where traditional lighting towers cannot be used. Ecolite‐H2 is also ideal for environmentally sensitive areas where there must be zero risk of contamination such as near reservoirs and rivers.

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The BOC Hymera™ unit is a robust unit for providing clean power at construction sites. Arcola Energy used the Hymera to power path lighting during construction at the Olympic park. 

The Hymera DC is particularly suitable for environmental monitoring applications where long unattended runtimes are required in off‐grid locations. Severn Trent Water installed 18Hymeras along the length of the Elan Valley pipeline between Powys, Wales and the Midlands. The monitoring equipment runs for up to 2 months between replacements of cylinders, which in these remote locations reduces operating costs considerably compared with the frequent visits required by alternative solutions.

Hymera DC's inbuilt battery‐charge circuitry allows hybridisation with a battery for efficient use with low‐loads, whereby the fuel cell typically runs for 12‐18 hours per week to recharge the battery which in turn supplies power to the connected device. This improves efficiency by reducing balance‐of‐plant load while the Hymera is in low power 'sleep' mode. The Hymera includes automatic cold‐start or sub‐zero capability allowing year‐round operation in temperate climates.

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In 2007, the Arcola Energy project launched with the mission to make Arcola Theatre the world’s first carbon neutral theatre. 

The vision was to create a hub for new thinking and cross-fertilisation between art and science, bringing together artistic, entrepreneurial and technological creativity. Arcola Theatre has a longstanding tradition of innovation, inspiration and deep integration with the local community. Arcola Energy shares these principles, integrating arts and science professionals with the community to pioneer practices that will fundamentally change the way arts organisations work.

The Arcola Energy project included developing a new energy technology incubator within the building and carrying out a range of interventions – solar pv, biomass heating, energy efficiency devices – to lower the carbon footprint of the building. 
In 2008, we installed a 5kW hydrogen fuel cell to power LED lights in the foyer. The fuel cell was used by innovative theatre company Simple 8 to light a production of The Living Unknown Soldier.  Download a copy of the Arcola Energy launch brochure.

 From 2011, sustainability work at Arcola Theatre has been carried out under the Green Arcola banner, but the two bodies remain interlinked. Arcola Energy has been involved in much of the work to make the Arcola building more sustainable – installing solar pv panels, DC microgrids including integrated office furniture featuring USB sockets, and a sustainable biomass heating system.

Arcola is internationally recognised for its work in demonstrating how sustainability and renewable energy technology can be embedded in arts and community organisations. Along with its visibility in the building Arcola Theatre and Arcola Energy collaborate on Education and Engagement Projects.

Arcola Theatre was awarded the 2015 Mayor's Environmental Business Award - small business category, recognising our work here.

For information about Green Arcola, including the history of sustainability at Arcola – please see Green Arcola

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In 2014 (and on its 3rd iteration) the fuel cell developer kit attracted the attention of IBM Master Inventor Andy Stanford-Clark who used it for his hydrogen powered Raspberry Pi computer or ‘HyPi’ project. Andy runs hiw presentations from the HyPi and his additions and insight are guiding designs for the next iteration of the Developer Kit.

Update 2015

During the 2015 @ThingMonk conference hosted at Arcola Theatre, the team produced a #HyPiZero for Andy to run his presentations from. Now that's rapid prototyping!

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In early 2011 Plum Pictures approached Arcola Energy to produce a hydrogen fuel cell powered model train for their Great Train Race as part of the first series of James May’s Toy Stories episodes. The system designed for this project went on to form the basis of the fuel cell developer kit which, in Summer 2012, went into it’s first run of production.

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