Services provided by WSP Group under the MoU will include: investigations into legislative requirements, planning issues and engineering matters as well as assistance with product assembly requirements and other manufacturing operations - including assistance with the production of component parts and final assembly operations. WSP will begin by supporting the initial deployment of an Alpha fuel cell system to Linc Energy's Chinchilla plant on behalf of the Company.
AFC Energy consider WSP Group to be a primary partner for deploying its fuel cell systems, specifically where the electricity supply company ('ESCO') model or leasing model is utilised.
Stuart McLachlan (Managing Director of Global Operations for WSP Environment & Energy) said:
'WSP is an organisation that prides itself as being innovative and supporting initiatives that are at the cutting edge of renewables technology and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting project. We have worked indirectly with AFC Energy via Waste2Tricity for over a year and we can see the potential of AFC's fuel cells in a number of markets and believe it could play a role in not only enabling us to flex into a low carbon future, but as being one of the emerging technologies that can fill the looming energy gap.'
Ian Balchin, AFC Energy, Chief Executive comments:
'This is a significant relationship for AFC Energy. Our technology is progressing rapidly towards commercialisation with an array of deployment opportunities in place now with Akzo Nobel, Ineos Chlor Vinyl, Linc Energy, Centrica and Waste2Tricity. The relationship with WSP Group provides the operational deployment resource to enable the technology to be physically delivered to the end user, efficiently and quickly.'