100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply
Multi billionaire invests 8.7million in AFC Energy

UK fuel cell developer AFC Energy, directed by EHA Chairman Ian Williamson has announced an equity investment of nearly £8.7 million in the company by Ervington Investments Ltd, the ultimate beneficial owner of whom is Roman Abramovich, the multi-billionaire Russian business tycoon and owner of London based football club, Chelsea FC.

The investment, which has been made through the creation of over 30 million new shares in AFC Energy, is valued at approximately fifteen percent of the enlarged issued share capital of the Surrey-based alkaline fuel cell innovator. Alkaline fuel cells have comparatively low power densities and are sensitive to poisoning but offer high electrical efficiencies at relatively low costs, making them attractive in applications where financial savings are more valuable than space savings, such as at industrial sites.

The funds raised will strengthen AFC Energy’s balance sheet and provide the company with additional cash resources for its long term growth strategy and for further investment into the development of its low cost fuel cell technology over the coming years. News of the investment caused shares in AFC Energy to jump by as much as a quarter, according to the Financial Times.

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Fuel Cell Industry commits € 3 billion investment for next 7 years of market roll out .
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Connecting Europe’s energy and transport infrastructure
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Siemens joins Clean Energy Partnership
5 November, 2012The German electronics group Siemens has announced that it is joining the Clean Energy Partnership, Europe’s largest demonstration project for hydrogen mobility.
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Japanese Government to encourage hydrogen refuelling station growth
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