GEC goes for the small and clean

GEC-Alsthom is investing £35m in an operation to make small and clean power plants, using fuel cell technology. GEC-Alsthom will take a 21.4% stake in Ballard Generation Systems, which will set up a pilot production facility for 250kW proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, which produce electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical oxidation process, leaving […]

GEC-Alsthom is investing £35m in an operation to make small and clean power plants, using fuel cell technology.

GEC-Alsthom will take a 21.4% stake in Ballard Generation Systems, which will set up a pilot production facility for 250kW proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, which produce electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical oxidation process, leaving only water vapour and heat as by-products.

The two firms will set up a joint company to make, sell and supply PEM fuel-cell power plants in Europe, in which GEC-Alsthom will be the majority shareholder.

The cells can be used in a modular array to provide power units of up to 1MW.