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UK: Fuel Cell Power Autumn 2011

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Posted by gfoat on Dec 21, 2011 - 08:29 AM

The Government is focusing upon eight ‘key’ renewable energy technologies, for onshore wind, offshore wind, marine energy, biomass electricity, biomass heat, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and renewable transport. Onshore and offshore wind and marine energy could be utilized more effectively if hydrogen fuel cell systems were employed to store surplus energy and make it available when required as electricity and heat. Biomass electricity and heat may also be utilised more efficiently in CHP mode with fuel cells. Heat pumps are efficient means of generating heat, but they still require electricity and this will add to the peak winter demand. Fuel cells [1] will complement heat pumps, providing both electricity and additional heat when required. The Government does include fuel cells powered by green hydrogen as one of the key power sources for transport, alongside biofuels. The electric vehicles, whether powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells, will be an important means of levelling the load from intermittent renewable energy sources. For those wanting to use solar panels, which are not listed as a key technology, hydrogen fuel cell systems will enable them to utilise energy from the sun when required during the evenings. Read the full Newsletter [2].

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