Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Battery Factory 'To Create 350 Jobs'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Battery Factory 'To Create 350 Jobs'

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Byline: Andrew Mernin

AN ENERGY firm plans to create 350 jobs in the region at a new factory which will make fuel cells powered by ammonia for use around the world.

Diverse Energy has won pounds 100,000 in funding from regional development agency One North East to back its plans for a fuel cell factory in the region.

The company has already opened an office at Wilton on Teesside and will now work closely with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), to develop the ammonia-powered fuel cells designed for use in off-grid and remote locations.

Within the next three years the group aims to open a manufacturing plant somewhere in the North East from which the PowerCube product will be shipped largely to the developing world.

The technology is expected to replace high-polluting diesel generators which power telecommunications networks in developing parts of the world, such as Africa, where power infrastructures are relatively poor.

The PowerCube consists of a power system housed in an eight-by-eight steel box and driven by ammonia which is specially converted into hydrogen fuel.

Diverse Energy will tap into the CPI's expertise in low carbon technology and will use its facilities to complete research and analysis before finalising a design for high-volume manufacturing.

Dr Alastair Livesey, operations director at Diverse Energy, said: "This important development work will help us to further improve our ammonia cracker system efficiency, which will enable us to drive down our customer's operating costs and allow us to design higher power systems for additional applications.

"This will in turn enhance demand for our clean, low carbon PowerCubes and necessitate rapid expansion of our manufacturing capacity."

If the firm realises its ambitious plans, the North East could well become an international hub for green battery manufacturing. …

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