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AFC Energy plc (LON:AFC)

AFC Energy plc (LON:AFC)

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6.05 p
0.1979 (3.38 %)
Market Cap
£23.69 m
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AFC Energy plc

AFC Energy is edging increasingly closer to delivery of a commercial-scale fuel cell system capable of deployment across a range of markets. We will continue to push hard to achieve these ambitious goals and ensure that the system we take to market achieves not only short-term operational success, but also longevity, safety and stability of power supply across the life of the...

Market: AIM:AFC
52-week High/Low: 19.38p / 5.00p
Sector: Cleantech and Renewable Energy
Market Cap: 23.69M

AFC Energy plc

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Big picture - Why invest in AFC Energy plc

AFC Energy plc Snapshot

Our business model

Our business model is to install, own, operate and maintain alkaline fuel cell power projects.

AFC Energy seeks to be a fuel cell power provider and will target joint ventures, in which AFC Energy aligns its interests with those of its partners, by having “skin in the game”.

AFC Energy expects to achieve its target of 1GW of capacity installed or under development by 2020.

Our Projects

AFC Energy’s objectives are to secure value added partnerships with recognised industrial and institutional groups as well as commencing scoping studies and securing contracts for fuel cell projects.

With the POWER-UP programme, we now have a pilot plant system operating in Germany at an industrial plant owned by Air Products, which in turn accepts hydrogen from Dow Chemicals.

AFC has also signed MoUs in three of its key regions, including the Middle East (Dubai), South-East Asia (Thailand) and northeast Asia (South Korea).

EU-Funded Projects

POWER-UP is one of the EU Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking’s stationary fuel cell demonstration projects.

The project has a budget of €11.5 million and a scheduled duration of 51 months, starting in April 2013 and concluding in June 2017.

Key highlights achieved for the project:

Delivery of an AFC system that converts hydrogen into electricity, water and heat

Successful scaled-up manufacture of fuel cell components

Demonstration of an automated process that assembles components into fuel cell stacks ready for incorporation within the system

Reduced installation and commissioning times (and costs) of the system through the development of a modular, containerised Balance of Plant

Effective recycling of substrate plates, catalyst materials and stack components

Understanding and quantifying the direct and indirect environmental burdens of the fuel cell system (including its hydrogen supply and component recycling) and the relevant socio-economic factors

Meeting end-user reliability requirements and compatibility with end-user’s plant maintenance schedules

Power successfully dispatched and sold to the grid

POWER-UP Consortium

To achieve the objectives of project POWER-UP, AFC Energy has put together an international consortium of world-class expertise:

AFC Energy plc (UK) – Project Co-ordinator

Air Products plc (UK) – World’s leading supplier of hydrogen and site host

GB Innomech (UK) – Automation specialists

Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland) – Independent technical, environmental and economic evaluation

ZBT Centre for fuel cell technology (Germany) – CE marking and regulatory compliance

European Hydrogen Association (EU) – publicity and dissemination of results


Throughout the duration of project POWER-UP, tens of thousands of fuel cells will need to be assembled. UK automation specialist, GB Innomech, has used a combination of established automation processes to develop and commission a pilot automation system.

Socio-Economic Assessment

As part of the project, technical, environmental and economic assessments of the POWER-UP system will be conducted by the Paul Scherrer Institut of Switzerland. This will be an objective study based on a broad range of indicators at the multi-disciplinary level of sustainability.

Regulatory Compliance and CE Certification

ZBT GmbH has joined the consortium to ensure that the POWER-UP system complies with all relevant national and European regulations and will ensure that the system is CE-compliant by the end of the project.

POWER-UP received generous funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) managed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement No. 325356.

AFC Energy's proprietary AFC system is arguably the most cost effective fuel cell system available.

Project ALKAMMONIA will integrate three innovative and proven technologies: a highly efficient and low-cost alkaline fuel cell system, a highly efficient fuel processing system and a novel ammonia fuel system. The integrated system will be rigorously tested and the results shared with leading telecommunication end-users.

In order to meet the ever increasing demand for improved signal coverage and bandwidth for mobile telecommunications in remote parts of the world, project ALKAMMONIA will develop a commercially viable and reliably operating proof-of-concept alkaline fuel cell system as a real alternative to conventional, diesel-powered generators. These diesel generators pose several problems: greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions, high operating and maintenance costs, regular fuel and generator theft and noise. The shortcomings of generators can be overcome if they are replaced by highly efficient and low-cost alkaline fuel cells in combination with a novel, practically emission free ammonia fuel system.

The idea of using ammonia (chemical formula NH3) as a fuel is well known. The most significant advantage of using ammonia as a fuel is that local CO2 emissions are completely avoided. Ammonia is one of the most widely produced chemicals in the world, used for many processes and applications. Due to its many uses, ammonia is readily available in nearly all parts of the world.

Ammonia can be split into its constituents, nitrogen and hydrogen. This gas mixture can efficiently be converted into electricity using a fuel cell. In contrast to fossil fuels, which need a complex reforming process in order to produce a hydrogen rich gas, the splitting of ammonia – usually termed ‘cracking’ – is a very simple and efficient process. Ammonia has a very high energy density even at low pressures when compared to hydrogen. This makes it economic to transport and a very attractive energy carrier in the growing hydrogen economy.

Alkaline fuel cells (AFC) are ideally suited to run on ammonia since, in contrast to acidic fuel cells such as PEM, the alkaline nature of NH3 does not harm the AFC. AFCs can operate directly using cracked ammonia, avoiding the need for an expensive hydrogen ‘cleanup step’. This increases system efficiency and decreases capital and operational costs. With efficiencies of over 60% at full load conditions, AFC Energy’s proprietary AFC system will be a cost effective fuel cell system.

Project ALKAMMONIA received generous funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), managed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No. 325343.

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Commercial Opportunities

Middle East

Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (“Dubai Carbon”)
AFC Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (“Dubai Carbon”) at the 2015 Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) in Dubai. The MoU provides a framework for the assessment and potential deployment of an estimated 300MW of fuel cell generation capacity in Dubai.

This landmark deal reaffirms AFC Energy’s transition to a global energy company working in collaboration with some of Dubai’s leading companies. Dubai Carbon and AFC Energy will initially assess the potential for deployment of the fuel cell within projects such as Dubai Expo 2020, The World Development by Nakheel, and major infrastructure projects including the Al Maktoum International Airport.

Dutco Group of Companies (“Dutco”)
AFC Energy has also signed a Heads of Agreement with DNR Industries Ltd., part of the leading Dubai-based investment and project developer, Dutco Group of Companies (“Dutco”) to jointly fund and develop a business plan for the large-scale deployment of AFC Energy’s fuel cells across the Middle East.

A joint venture between AFC Energy and Dutco is expected to cover the deployment of AFC Energy’s fuel cells across the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. Based on initial estimates from market soundings already undertaken in the region individually and collectively by AFC Energy and Dutco over recent months, this could present an opportunity on its own to deliver a large percentage of, if not in excess of, AFC Energy’s stated target for 1GW of fuel cell development by the end of 2020.

South Korea - Samyoung and Chang

AFC Energy has signed a Project Development Agreement Milestone 50MW Deal with Samyoung and Chang Shin in South Korea for the deployment of an initial 50MW of fuel cell generation capacity in Daesan, Korea.

South Korea’s strong incentives in the deployment of fuel cell technologies haves brought significant investment and employment opportunities to the Daesan region, which AFC Energy is proud to support.


Bangkok Industrial Gas Co. Ltd (“BIG”)

AFC Energy has executed its first Heads of Agreement (HoA) in Thailand to initiate a programme of commercial fuel cell deployment with a leading Thai industrial gas company, Bangkok Industrial Gas Co. Ltd (“BIG”).

HoA establishes a framework for the assessment and deployment of an initial 10MW of fuel cell capacity utilising surplus hydrogen from BIG-owned hydrogen pipelines and related facilities in the Rayong Province of Thailand.



John Rennocks

Chairman and Non-Executive Director


John brings a wealth of public markets and energy market experience to the Board of AFC Energy. With numerous senior board appointments including as Senior Non-Executive Director or Chairman at Inmarsat plc, Babcock International Group plc, Diploma plc, Intelligent Energy and currently Bluefield Solar Income Fund Ltd, and Utilico Emerging Markets Ltd.  John has broad experience in conventional and renewable electricity generation and biotechnology, support services and manufacturing, having previously served as Finance Director of three FTSE100 companies, Smith and Nephew plc, PowerGen plc and British Steel / Corus plc.  He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.


Adam Bond

Chief Executive Officer


Adam has over 18 years’ experience operating within the international energy sector both in executive management positions for listed energy companies, and in advisory capacities to both Governments and the private sector. Adam is well networked internationally across the conventional and unconventional energy sectors and has a strong understanding of energy markets and deal making within that sector.

Adam’s mandate is focused on driving  AFC Energy’s transition to an industry leading alkaline fuel cell company, whose focus is on project execution in defined key global markets. Adam was a Non-Executive Director of AFC Energy  since 2012, and was formerly Director of both Waste2Tricity Ltd and JS Yerostigaz (Uzbekistan). He is qualified with Bachelors’ degrees in commerce and law and a Master in Laws ( Taxation).



Jim Gibson

Chief Operating Officer


Jim has almost 30 years’ experience in operations management and business development roles within engineering contracting sector. Jim spent 23 years at Foster Wheeler working in operational, business and commercial roles. This was followed by two years at ThyssenKrupp working in Process Technology/Business development.



Richard Tuffill

Chief Financial Officer


Richard has worked within the energy industry for the past 20 years, most recently as CFO of Horizon Nuclear Power, a UK energy company developing a new generation of nuclear power stations. Previously, Richard held senior financial management positions at RWE in Germany and npower in the UK. Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co and has a Bachelor degree in Economics and Economic History from the University of Bristol.


Mitchell Field

Non-Executive Director


Mitchell, who lives in Wales, and is part owner of Richards and Appleby Holdings Ltd, a mid-sized manufacturing group engaged in the production, sales and distribution of branded personal care products.

Among these are Leighton Denny, James Read and Joan Collins As well as  several well-known heritage brands, including “Cyclax” which formerly held the Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen. His principal role is sales and marketing, dealing with numerous blue-chip companies in the UK and over 60 companies internationally. Mitchell has other investments and manages interests in retailing, property, import/export and general trading.


Tim Yeo

Non-Executive Director


Tim Yeo was formerly Member of Parliament for South Suffolk and Chairman of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

He is a non-executive director of Groupe Eurotunnel SE, Chair of the University of Sheffield Energy 2050 Industrial Advisory Board, Chair of New Nuclear Watch Europr and Honorary Ambassador of Forgeign Investment Promotion for South Korea. Tim was Chairman of AFC Energy from 2007-2017.


Eugene Tenenbaum

Non-Executive Director


Eugene served as head of corporate finance for OAO Sibneft in Moscow from 1998 through 2001. In 1994, he joined Salomon Brothers where he worked until 1998. Prior to that, he spent five years in corporate finance with KPMG in Toronto, Moscow and London. He was an auditor at PriceWaterhouse in Toronto from 1987 until 1989. Eugene is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelors degree in commerce and finance from the University of Toronto. 

He has numerous other directorships; notably, he is a member of the boards of Chelsea FC plc and Evraz plc (a FTSE 250-listed company).


Lisa Jordan

Non-Executive Director


Lisa has over 20 years experience of business development in the industrial gases and renewable energy space. Lisa was previously a director of Air Products Renewable Energy Limited (part of Air Products and Chemicals Inc), a global industrial gases business providing atmospheric and process gases where she led the development of its European energy from waste business which was focused on the use of advanced gasification technology to produce electricity and renewable hydrogen.

Lisa is currently Business Development Director at MHC (Services) Limited responsible for managing a portfolio of energy related investments and a representative of Ervington Investments Limited which originally invested in the Company in 2012 and has supported it since then.


The following table shows those shareholders who have a holding of 3% or more of the Company’s issued share capital.

Shareholder Number of ordinary shares
Ervington Investments Ltd 39,610,494 10.12
Schroder Investment Management Ltd 33,000,000 8.43
Barclayshare Nominees Ltd 23,030,181 5.89
Lynchwood Nominees Ltd 21,656,954 5.89
TD Direct Investing Nominees (Europe) Ltd 17,913,436 4.58
Hargreaves Lansdown (Nominees) Ltd <15942> 16,911,685 4.32
Mr Eugene Shvidler 14,432,737 3.69
Hargreaves Lansdown (Nominees) Ltd <VRA 13,853,877 3.54
Hargreaves Lansdown (Nominees) Ltd <HLNOM> 13,073,099 3.34
HSDL Nominees LTD 12,504,753 3.20

Last updated: 23rd August 2017


AFC Energy plc

Unit 71.4 Dunsfold Park

Stovolds Hill




United Kingdom

Tel : 01483 276726


Registered Office

AFC Energy plc
5-7 Cranwood Street

Company Secretary

Richard Tuffill
01483 276726

Joint Broker

Mc Peat & Co
118 Piccadilly
W1 7NW

020 7104 2334

Nominated Advisor and Joint Broker

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

1 Churchill Pl
E14 5RD

Solicitors to the Company

Memery Crystal LLP
44 Southampton Buildings

+44 (0)20 7242 5905

Auditors and Reporting Accountants

Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton House
Melton Street, Euston Square
London NW1 2EP

+44 (0)20 7383 5100

Financial Public Relations Consultants

Lionsgate Communications
118 Piccadilly
W1 7NW

020 3697 1209


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