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Waste2Tricity and AFC Energy in £1million deal

Waste2Tricity acquires exclusive UK deployment rights for use in energy-from-waste applications for AFC Energy plc fuel cells in £1 million deal.

Waste2Tricity, a structured solutions provider, today announced it has acquired the exclusive rights for AFC Energy plc (AIM: AFC) hydrogen fuel cells for deployment in the UK energy-from-waste sector. The fuel cells will be used with hydrogen produced by high temperature gasification. The right of first refusal for additional territories, Europe and North America, is also secured.

Waste2Tricity has agreed an Appointment Fee of £1 million, payable at pre-agreed intervals over the next four years. The first instalment of £150,000 will be paid immediately. Waste2Tricity's exclusivity is for an initial 10 years and subject to performance and additional payments this will be extended over a further 10 years.

John Hall, Managing Director of Waste2Tricity, said: “Today's agreement for exclusive rights builds on our relationship with AFC Energy. AFC, like ourselves, see tremendous environmental and commercial benefits from treating waste as a feedstock resource, rather than as a problem to be buried in landfill or burned in incinerators. Compared to any alternate technology the significantly higher efficiency of using AFC Energy's technology with high temperature gasification, means we can produce more electricity from the same amount of feedstock. We see this combination of efficiency and clean power generation becoming the dominant solution for post recycled waste and it offers a future proof Carbon Capture ready answer. W2T have a solid pipeline of UK projects and are beginning to assess opportunities in the rest of Europe and North America and we believe this agreement will be beneficial for both companies.”

He went on to say “we all know, the problem with municipal solid waste is becoming critical - and new technologies and fresh thinking are needed to minimise the environmental impact and increase public acceptance of waste disposal. Because W2T is planning future proof projects today, once fuel cells are deployed not only will there be ultra-low emissions to atmosphere, but the process of producing hydrogen for the cells makes every project Carbon Capture ready; creating the possibility of carbon negative electricity.”

Ian Williamson, Chief Executive of AFC Energy plc said: “This agreement is an example of how AFC Energy is gaining commercial traction for its technology by targeting multiple industrial sectors. We have been very focused on creating licence revenues for our technology. Working with Waste2Tricity, we are opening up excellent commercial opportunities for our fuel cell products to be deployed within the energy-from-waste sector. Lead-times in this industry can be long and Waste2Tricity are considerably shortening the time scale for market entry. We look forward to working closely with them to develop the most economically and clean way of generating electricity from domestic and commercial waste.”