GB Innomech (Innomech) has been appointed by AFC Energy – the fuel cell energy developer for industry – to develop automated manufacturing equipment to assemble fuel cell stacks for the company’s EU-backed Power Up programme. The work includes the development of automated equipment to dismantle stacks at the end of their working life, allowing key components and materials to be recycled and reused.

The appointment is being made with the support of a four year €6.1 million (£4.9 m) EU development grant that will enable AFC Energy and the Power Up consortium to develop and install commercial-scale energy generation plants using hydrogen as a fuel source. One of the first clean energy plants will be located at Air Products’ industrial gas processing facility at Stade, northern Germany. The first of two KORE systems is due to be installed in 2014 and the plant will generate a total of 500 kW electrical output when fully operational.

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