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In focus: Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre
© Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

In focus: Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK has installed a 2,000 litre storage tank on its roof in a bid to store and generate hydrogen for research purposes.

The technology hub already had an ITM Power electrolyser installed three years ago but prior to the tank being installed on the roof of John Dalton Tower, usage of the electrolyser was limited, and hydrogen was being piped from cages on the ground floor. This meant the research undertaken was also limited.

Electrolysers require the purest form of hydrogen to run effectively. As bottled gas is not as clean or pure enough, the storage vessel was required to bring the electrolyser into effective use and allow further research to be undertaken.

“We required further capacity for our experiments and a solution that would allow approximately 10 hours of operation for larger experiments with the electrolyser in operation throughout,” Amer Gaffar, Director of the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, explained to H2 View when we visited in July.

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