Adam Bond, CEO, AFC EnergyAdam Bond, CEO
In 2015, 195 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris. A major highlight of the summit was the pact made by the participant countries to initiate the decarbonisation of the industries in their respective jurisdiction. Since then, many efforts are being made to curb long-term temperature rise and limit emissions. Along with the shift to electrification, various industries are also exploring the potential of hydrogen in supporting the decarbonisation initiatives.

However, uncovering the true potential of hydrogen has remained out of their reach until now. For one, only the purest hydrogen (99.999 percent hydrogen) can be utilised in fuel cells, which is not only difficult to procure, but comes at a substantial price. Adding to this, the electrodes used in the fuel cells are made of precious metals, which only add to the expenditure. Thus, organisations have been reluctant to make significant investments in hydrogen-based energy.

But no longer! Today, AFC Energy— an innovator in hydrogen technology— offers robust and cost-effective H-Power solutions that eliminate the need for high-grade hydrogen and precious metal-based electrodes. Backed by the world leader in electro-chemistry—Industrie De Nora S.p.A—the company is changing the way hydrogen-based energy is perceived in the world today. In fact, the AFC Energy’s patented alkaline fuel cells can function on low grade hydrogen streams (even as low as 75 percent hydrogen), while allowing the displacement of precious metals during electrolysis. Impressively, the company achieves this without a drop in performance or efficiency.

What is the Secret Behind AFC Energy’s Fuel Cells?

AFC Energy’s fuel cell technology is based on an electrochemical, non-combustion process, wherein hydrogen and oxygen are combined to produce electricity. As long as the fuel cells have a continuously supply of hydrogen and oxygen (from air), it is possible to generate electricity without interruption. Moreover, the fuel cells exhibit excellent fuel conversion efficiency and reliability.

Named after the hydroxyl group (OH), the company’s two fuel cell variations— HydroX-Cell(L) and HydroX-Cell(S)—are designed to deliver zero-emission, off-grid power wherever needed. The fuel cell not only leverages the easy-to-procure low-grade industrial hydrogen feedstock, but is also made of components that are highly recyclable. The HydroX-Cell(L) variant is deployed in standardised 10kW modules, which are most suitable for mid and large-scale industrial applications.

Our new world class AEM hydrogen fuel cell research facility cements AFC Energy at the cutting edge of arguably the world’s most promising, low cost, high energy dense fuel cell technology

The HydroX-Cell(S), on the other hand, is designed for mobile applications such as trains, heavy machinery, shipping, and associated military functions. Developed using the company’s AlkaMem anionic exchange membrane, The HydroX-Cell(S) offers a current density that is equal or greater than any other alternative high power density cells available in the market today.

Paving the Way to Sustainability

In its bid to further expand its technological capabilities, AFC Energy recently launched a dedicated anion exchange membrane (AEM) fuel cell test facility. At the launch even, the CEO of AFC Energy, Adam Bond, said, “Our new world class AEM hydrogen fuel cell research facility cements AFC Energy at the cutting edge of arguably the world’s most promising, low cost, high energy dense fuel cell technology. We continue to believe this platform will compete head on with incumbent high energy dense fuel cells in the market today such as PEM technologies both on cost and performance, but with all the benefits of our proprietary alkaline chemistry.”
  • AFC Energy’s fuel cell technology is based on an electrochemical, non-combustion process, wherein hydrogen and oxygen are combined to produce electricity.


Owing to such exceptional solutions, AFC Energy is witnessing tremendous growth. As the company continues to forge new partnerships and make new strides in worldwide environmental sustainability movement, its client is also expanding at a rapid rate. In the upcoming years, AFC Energy seeks to further innovate and enhance its solutions, going ever close to its goal of achieving complete decarbonisation.