Fuel cells to play key role in food and drink industry

London, UK: Fuel cells are set to play an important part of future energy strategy, according to research by Ylem Energy.

Nine out of every 10 food and drink businesses believe this to be the case according to a survey by Ylem Energy.

The survey also illustrated that high energy prices mean the priority for most businesses (87%), is the cost of power, rather than net zero targets (13%).

Ian Gadsby, managing director, Ylem Energy, said: “It is not surprising that the focus for the majority of businesses has now switched to the cost of power. But pressure to reduce carbon is mounting and tackling emissions is only going to become more important throughout industry.

“A significant number of businesses in the food and drink sector were early adopters of CHP technology and we are now seeing growing interest in understanding the transition process from traditional CHP. Fuel cells powered by Hydrogen will not only offer significant cost savings compared to sourcing energy from the National Grid but will become a key part of the sector’s low carbon strategy, allowing businesses to refocus on the drive to net zero.”

Ian Gadsby, managing director, Ylem Energy

Presenting as part of the webinar, Ben Richardson, Bosch UK and Ireland lead for decentralised fuel cell systems, said: “We see fuel cells fitting several key value drivers for the UK: providing a pathway to net zero carbon, reducing energy costs, and ensuring energy security.

“Bosch prototypes are in use by industry now to help refine and further improve the technology and to make sure the end product fully meets customers’ needs. We are currently using our mass production expertise to drive this technology forward at pace – from development to series production.”

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