AFC Energy has hired a new Chief Engineer and Product Officer who brings with him a wealth of experience to strengthen the industrial fuel cell power company’s engineering and manufacturing scale up capability.
Effective 1st March, 2021, Dr. Michael Rendell joins AFC Energy from Dyson Technology where he was head of engineering and industrialisation for Dyson’s energy storage team.
Prior to that, Rendell worked for Diverse Energy, a company which prototyped the conversion of ammonia into electricity using novel gas reforming technology and fuel cells into a self-contained power source marketed as the Power Cube.
The Power Cube utilised PEM fuel cells with challenges associated with gas clean-up cost and system economics.
Now, through the adoption of alkaline fuel cell chemistry, Rendall’s specialist experience in the utilisation of ammonia as a fuel and in ammonia cracking, will support AFC Energy to further leverage one of the technology’s core strengths as it explores the use of fuel cells in stationary, maritime and transport related applications.
Rendall’s leadership in technology and development strategy for the scale up and commercial realisation of new technologies has seen a significant emphasis on the accelerated conversion of prototypes into marketable systems.
In a statement, AFC Energy said this experience will support its corporate aspirations for the fast-tracking of high-density alkaline fuel cell system development and deployment over the next couple of years.
“Of particular relevance to AFC Energy is Rendall’s track record in leading joint development agreements with development partners which ultimately led to the scale up of initial manufacturing facility design, equipment specification, procurement, installation and operations across the UK,” a statement added.