Intelligent Energy shows Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, the true power of hydrogen fuel cells

Published on Mon 1 February, 2016

This morning we were delighted to welcome Energy and Climate Change Secretary Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, to our headquarters in Loughborough to speak with some of our engineers and innovators. Ms Rudd was greeted at Loughborough Train Station by an Intelligent Energy fuel-cell powered black cab and given a tour of our offices, providing a behind the scenes viewing of our technology portfolio and latest examples of embedded hydrogen fuel cells for smartphones and laptops.

The Energy Secretary’s visit coincided with our announcement this morning that, following the announcement of our £1.2bn deal to supply power to telecom towers in India, the first fuel cells in the field have generated more than 10Mwh of power in just three months. So far the breakthrough clean energy project, which will run for ten years, saved more than 55 tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 60,000 pounds of coal burnt, by replacing the diesel generators needed to keep the telecom towers running when India’s electrical grid goes down.

The team from the Department of Energy & Climate Change were intrigued to hear about Intelligent Energy’s innovative hydrogen-fuelled drone technology, for which a development deal was announced just last week. Fuel cells in drones could allow them hours of flight as opposed to the normal 20 minutes, increase their range, and crucially, take just minutes to refuel, unlike batteries which take hours to recharge.

The aim of the tour was to illustrate to the Energy Secretary how dynamic and powerful fuel cell technology is. The same fuel cell technology, in varying sizes and power outputs, is used to power drones, smartphones, taxis and fleet vehicles as well as telecom towers, at a growing scale and without the need for subsidies.

During her visit Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd said: “It's been great to visit Intelligent Energy today and see first-hand world-leading innovation from a UK company that's a real international success story, exporting cutting-edge technology that's making a difference right now. This Government is backing companies like Intelligent Energy to grow, export their expertise, and create more jobs and financial security for working people and their families, in Loughborough and all across the country".

Intelligent Energy’s Vice President of Government and External Programmes, Dennis Hayter, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed the Energy Secretary to our headquarters showing her how powerful fuel cell technology can be across a diverse range of applications. We are providing proof in the field as to how our fuel cells can be used to reduce carbon emissions while providing clean, silent, always-on power, without the need for subsidy. The overlap of Amber Rudd’s visit with our announcement of the ongoing success of our telecoms deal in India is timely. We are delighted to be in a position where we can show real results through this deal, a deal which truly encapsulates our vision of clean, reliable power. The first three months has been a strong start for us for powering telecom towers in India - and this is just the beginning.”