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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Installed in Baglan Energy Park

UPS Systems plc has installed a fuel cell within the University of Glamorgan’s Renewable Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre at Baglan Energy Park, South Wales. Hydrogen produced from renewable sources is a potential solution to future energy problems, providing a carbon-free fuel.

The new Centre, scheduled to open in October, was initiated with EU funding, and now has long- term funding guaranteed by the University. The Centre will demonstrate the viability of hydrogen production from a range of indigenous renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, and evaluate the benefits of using hydrogen as an energy storage medium for these intermittent renewables.

As well as supplying a fuel cell and inverters for the Centre, UPS Systems is designing a controller unit, with supervisory software, that manages the system. An electrolyser will produce hydrogen using power from different renewable sources. Once compressed and stored, the hydrogen will then supply the 10kW fuel cell which will, in turn, power parts of the Centre and associated facilities.

“Until now, many have seen hydrogen fuel cells as ‘technology of the future’. In reality it is a viable solution for many applications today, offering clean power - the only emissions being water and heat - and a genuine alternative to diesel generators,” said Professor Dennis Hawkes, one of the team developing the project on behalf of the University. The fuel cell will be demonstrating an alternative energy source, providing a solution that is quiet, clean, low-maintenance and reliable whilst helping reduce the Centre’s overall carbon footprint.

UPS Systems managing director Tom Sperrey commented, “The Renewable Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre will highlight the potential of hydrogen power and fuel cell technology. The new Centre will bring together technology and expertise, demonstrating hydrogen fuel cells as a reliable and effective medium of both prime and backup power.”

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