The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre has launched a new partnering programme for SMEs to develop and explore fuel cell use in buildings, vehicles, energy and pollution reduction.
The centre, run by Manchester Metropolitan University, was established in 2016 to enable cutting-edge innovation in hydrogen fuel cells through academic research and facilitating partnerships with SMEs.
By combining hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity, fuel cells have the potential to provide emission-free power at point of use, with water being the only byproduct.
Developing hydrogen-powered vehicles is a key priority area for the government, but fuel cells are suitable for a wide range of other applications, from storing solar energy to providing back-up power or heating and cooling in buildings.
Greater Manchester SMEs working in these areas are now able to access one-to-one innovation support and a range of workshops running through November 2017, covering the emerging markets for fuel cell technology, the capabilities of the centre and opportunities for diversification.
SMEs enrolled on the programme will have access to the £4 million lab and £3.5 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment, as well as technical assistance and collaboration opportunities.
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