World-First for Linc Energy With Hydrogen Fuel Cell TrialBy Linc Energy, PRNE
Monday, June 28, 2010
BRISBANE, Australia, June 29, 2010 - Linc Energy the world leader in Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)
technology, and AFC Energy (LSE: AFC), the world's leading developer of
low-cost alkaline fuel cells, have successfully trialled hydrogen fuel cell
technology to produce electricity at Linc Energy's Chinchilla Demonstration
Facility in Queensland.
Linc Energy's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Bond said his company's
exclusive agreement with UK-based AFC Energy for application with UCG and the
delivery of an Alpha Unit Hydrogen Fuel Cell to the Chinchilla facility had
"This is a major innovation and the first time that a hydrogen fuel cell
has been successfully trialled with UCG," said Bond.
"It represents a huge step towards the worldwide opportunity of combining
UCG and alkaline fuels cells as a breakthrough technology for creating the
cleanest possible power generation from coal."
Initial testing with the hydrogen fuel cell unit at Linc Energy's
Chinchilla Demonstration Facility was performed following successful trials
at AFC UK facilities of mock syngas of comparative composition to that
generated at the Linc Energy facility.
The trial demonstrated the successful ability to generate clean
electricity from alkaline hydrogen fuel cell technology from syngas derived
from UCG operations.
"What is so remarkable about this trial is that the fuel cell
configuration was able to produce reliable and efficient clean electricity
from a much lower percentage hydrogen content gas than other fuel cells
require," said Bond.
"This effectively demonstrates that combining the AFC Fuel Cell
technology with hydrogen from Linc Energy's syngas produced from the
world-class UCG at Chinchilla is a feasible route to achieve the ultimate in
clean electricity from stranded, sub-economic coal, of which there is an
abundance in the world."
"This will unlock energy resources and provide energy security to nations
in an environmentally sustainable and proficient manner."
"When combined with our world-class Gas to Liquids operations and
utilising the purified hydrogen as part of the synthesis gas clean-up
processes in commercial operations, the hydrogen fuel cell is expected to
produce even better results," said Bond.
Further trials will be carried out with the fuel cell system in the
coming months however the promising results from this trial has enhanced AFC
Energy's development of the next generation of hydrogen fuel cells for a
commercial application, which Linc Energy aims to install at its Chinchilla
Peter Bond CEO
Contact: Greg Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Meyer of Linc Energy, greg.meyer at lincenergy.com.au
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