Arcola Energy has led or been a partner in a number of collaborative projects, particularly several funded by Innovate UK.

Some projects are core to the development of our technology and capability, but in others our education programme offers a unique route to awareness raising, communications and dissemination.

Island Hydrogen
This project involves the development of 2 hydrogen refuellers – one on the Isle of Wight to refuel a hydrogen powered catamaran, and one at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield to refuel a range of hydrogen powered vehicles, which will be trialled by staff from organisations based at the AMP. Arcola is leading much of the public facing activity in the project, including managing the roll-out of the vehicle trial, installing our fuel cell system into 3 Microcabs using 3kW Ballard stacks and delivering hundreds of schools workshops. We are also evaluating the effect of the project on peoples’ understanding and attitudes to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Partners: ITM Power, IBM, Cheetah Marine, Vodafone, NPL, SSE, Toshiba University of Nottingham, University of South Wales, InnovateUK

Off-grid Hydrogen
This project aims to produce a convenient, low-cost and low carbon energy service to customers who need power in remote situations, such as construction sites, environmental monitoring or transport equipment. The service will combine hydrogen and fuel cells with solar panels and batteries in to systems optimised to match the power requirements of modern low energy equipment and lighting. This will replace conventional, noisy, polluting and inefficient diesel or petrol generators in many scenarios. For low power, long duration applications these technologies can halve the cost of providing power, or even enable uses that are unaffordable with conventional generation. By providing a service the partners aim to help companies make the switch to new cleaner technologies.

Partners: BOC, Commercial Group, InnovateUK

Fuel cell Manufacturing – kW development stack for collaborative development
This project will enable step changes in the manufacturing cost, production volumes and rate of an innovative closed cathode PEM fuel cell stacks in the power range 1-10kW. The project aims to achieve a low cost flexible design for low-mid volume production by taking a system approach to cell and stack components and manufacturing process. The project will address specific technology challenges currently bottlenecks and barriers to volume production of current stacks, and will work with suppliers to integrate innovative materials.

Partners: Lohmann Tapes, Imperial College, Warwick Manufacturing Group

Zero Emissions Bus by Range Extension with Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
This project will develop a zero-emissions bus based on an innovative EV powertrain, range extended with a hydrogen fuel cell system adapted from lightweight passenger vehicles. This combination will provide a route to a bus with zero particulates and NOx emissions and dramatically reduced CO2 emissions.

Partners: Magtec, Imperial College