ARCOLA ENERGY AWARDED FUNDING FOR NOVEL APPLICATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURE FUEL CELLS
Arcola Energy, leading integrator of fuel cell systems, has been awarded UK Government funding in partnership with Origen Power, to develop a prototype of a system that can both generate electricity and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The grant worth £1million is from the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund run by BEIS and reflects growing acknowledgement of the need for what are known as Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) technologies.
Origen Power is the developer of technology which provides cost effective (£40/MWh), carbon-negative (-600kg / MWh), baseload power. The process also produces lime and high purity CO2, and is commercially viable at current wholesale market prices, without a carbon price.
A crucial part of the Origen Power process is the use of high-temperature fuel cells to generate electricity at high efficiency, produce high grade usable heat, and provide a clean stream of CO2. Arcola Energy’s expertise in fuel cell engineering will be vital to the success of the project, which will build a 400kW prototype plant at a UK site in partnership with lime producers Singleton Birch.
Ben Todd, MD of Arcola Energy said, “The Origen Power process could be the killer application to bring solid oxide fuel cells to market at scale. Arcola Energy is delighted to be working with Origen Power on this technology, bringing our expertise in engineering of clean energy systems to this exciting new opportunity.”
Nicky Chambers CMO, Origen Power said ‘This is a hugely important award. It signifies a realization that we need to invest in technologies that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at scale and that’s just what Origen Power technology does.’
- Arcola Energy is a specialist systems-engineering business with expertise in fuel cells and zero emission transport systems. arcolaenergy.com
- Further information on Origen Power can be found at origenpower.com.
- Tim Kruger, Founder of Origen Power talks about the need for GGR technologies in this TED Talk
Arcola Energy: Richard Kemp-Harper 07979 151373
Origen Power: Nicky Chambers 07768 166486