Akzo Nobel is investigating the feasibility of setting up a power plant based on fuel cells.
Together with a firm called NedStack—a producer and developer of fuel cells—the company’s Base Chemicals business has launched a three-year research project which aims to determine if such a plant is viable.
Akzo Nobel’s Energy business unit, producer of electricity and steam, will also contribute to the project.
If such a facility was deemed to be viable, it could be built next to Akzo Nobel’s chlorine electrolysis plant in Botlek, the Netherlands.
The two companies are working together to gather knowledge on afuel cell plant linked to a chlorine electrolysis plant. Such a facility is characterized by a high output of more than 60 percent and zero emissions, which means that in the generation of power (using hydrogen), only clean water is emitted.
Because only water vapor is released when hydrogen is used to generate power, many people regard hydrogen as the energy source of the future.
It is expected that the application of fuel cell technology in the production of chlorine could yield electrical power savings of approximately 20 percent. In addition, an important environmental gain will be achieved by limiting undesirable emissions.
(Released: March 22, 2004)