COMPLETE CLEAN ENERGY SYSTEMS
In the long term, hydrogen and products based on fuel cells will combine with renewable energy and other technologies to support the transition to future low carbon, zero emission, safe and sustainable energy systems at national and international scales. However, there are examples of the role of both fuel cells and hydrogen in complete clean energy systems emerging now, and strong business cases developing in certain circumstances.
Hydrogen can be made by electrolysis of water using excess renewable electricity. The hydrogen acts as an energy store, decoupling power supply from electricity demand – which often do not match. The benefits of hydrogen are that it can be stored for many days or months, and then used for many things when the energy it stores is needed. It can be converted back to electricity in a MW-scale fuel cell, or used in fuel cell electric vehicles, or provide power and heat for buildings.
Fuel cells operate at high electrical efficiency, and when the heat produced can be used locally, overall efficiency is also very high. Arcola Energy has experience with a range of fuel cell technologies at high and low temperature and can advise and support clients with selection of fuel cell technology and supplier options for particular applications.
As a system engineers we design complex schemes, and are actively involved in projects in the UK and for clients in the Far East. We can bring together the infrastructure, fuel supply, fuel cell systems and end uses into complete projects, aligning the finance and project delivery of complex schemes worldwide.