The company told investors the first commercial order of cathodes has been placed De Nora to initiate the mass manufacture of electrode capability and to ensure quality controls are in place to ensure consistency with smaller scale testing. The first delivery is expected by mid-December 2017.
AFC added that recently completed design refinements and testing of alkaline fuel cell electrodes with De Nora suggest at least a 12-month electrode longevity at AFC Energy’s facilities in Surrey; this is significant because it was one of the company’s goals for 2017.
The scale-up and integration of cathodes designed with De Nora have now been achieved, and operational data is being collected by AFC Energy within its fuel cell stack units in Surrey.
The final design and the drawings for a fully-revised fuel cell stack configuration have been completed, integrating the new cathodes developed with De Nora, after extensive simulation engineering and interrogation by AFC’s technical teams.
AFC said full system demonstration is expected by the middle of this month, incorporating enhanced stack flow plates, cartridge and associated materials.
The Surrey-based company will now focus on delivery of the fuel cell system at its UK headquarters with expedited operational results expected before integrating the fuel cell stacks into AFC Energy's Stade facility in Germany early in 2018.
"We are pleased to have placed this order with our partner De Nora, and also with the results of the recent technical collaboration between teams from Italy, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. Importantly, all parties continue to believe there is scope for material improvements to further enhance fuel cell performance going forward," said Adam Bond, the chief executive officer of AFC.