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:

  1. Delivery of an AFC system that converts hydrogen into electricity, water and heat
  2. Successful scaled-up manufacture of fuel cell components
  3. Demonstration of an automated process that assembles components into fuel cell stacks ready for incorporation within the system
  4. Reduced installation and commissioning times (and costs) of the system through the development of a modular, containerised Balance of Plant
  5. Effective recycling of substrate plates, catalyst materials and stack components
  6. 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
  7. Meeting end-user reliability requirements and compatibility with end-user’s plant maintenance schedules
  8. 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.