Improvements in air quality and a reduction in pollution as a result of lockdowns imposed to combat Covid-19 have seen AFC Energy receive an influx of enquiries for its H-Power system.
The UK company has seen a pick-up in interest from construction companies in particular to address localised pollution deriving from diesel generators, along with the UK’s Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) emission reduction regulations that come into play this September.
These enquiries, which range from outright system purchases to plant hire, commercial scale field testing and distribution partnerships, have further evidenced industry’s continued emphasis on emission reduction and alternatives to transition away from fossil fuels.
AFC Energy said the enquiries further highlight the value proposition that the company’s H-Power system can bring to industry, particularly with its ability to utilise ammonia as a low-cost hydrogen carrier.
No slow down
Over the past two months, with no furloughing of staff, AFC Energy said it has consequently seen no slow down across the science, engineering and manufacturing teams who are actively responding to new project development opportunities.
Early on in the lockdown period, the AFC Energy said it took the decision to facilitate employees working from home whilst providing the flexibility to allow select staff to work from the office and laboratories where working from home was not possible.
“To this end, the company acknowledges the continued efforts many of our staff have made to ensure the continuity of validation work in laboratories and manufacturing activities over these past few months, mitigating the effect the Covid-19 virus might otherwise have had on our business,” AFC Energy said in a statement.
The company is now making plans for a return to the office, subject to government guidelines and following the conduct of requisite workplace risk assessments.