The 30,000 square feet facility will serve as the hydrogen power generation technology company’s first large scale H-Power assembly and commissioning facility.
An initial investment of £300,000 will be made into the facility with the aim of accommodating the eventual dispatch of up to 100 hydrogen generator systems per annum with capacity for further growth.
AFC said growth potential exists for the facility to assemble up to 200 megawatts (MW) per annum of H-Power systems when the company releases its new high-density alkaline fuel cell system, which is expected towards the end of 2022 or early in 2023.
The company said the scale-up and manufacturing strategy for the AlkaMem membrane – its technology for electricity production from alkaline fuel cells – remains under review; however, the scale of the new hanger facility means AFC Energy will have the flexibility to manufacture and prepare for dispatch, large volumes of membranes for alkaline water electrolysis and other applications alongside customer orders.
"We continue to deliver on our strategy for an asset-light manufacturing programme with key assembly, commissioning, and logistics hubs remaining internal to our business, whilst outsourcing component manufacture,” said Adam Bond, the chief executive officer of AFC Energy in a statement.
“Access to a new world-class assembly facility at Dunsfold Park takes us one step further in the execution of our manufacturing strategy at excellent value for money for shareholders. With room to grow, we believe this presents us with a low cost, low-risk solution as we continue to consolidate the growth in our commercial pipeline and prepare ourselves for larger-scale system deployment in the future," he added.