Ceres Power wins MacRobert Award for ‘spectacular’ reversible fuel cell

Ceres Power wins MacRobert Award for ‘spectacular’ reversible fuel cell

A reversible fuel cell that generates low-carbon electricity in one direction and ‘green’ hydrogen in the other has clinched the UK’s most prestigious engineering prize.

The SteelCell technology from Ceres Power was named the UK’s top engineering innovation at last night’s (13 July) MacRobert Award ceremony at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Dinner at the Londoner Hotel, Leicester Square. Princess Anne, the academy’s royal fellow, presented the team behind the technology with the MacRobert Award gold medal and a £50,000 prize. 

The company’s “ground-breaking fuel cell technology… promises to make a major contribution to decarbonising the world at the scale and pace required to save the planet,” an award announcement said. 

The cell stacks, similar to large batteries, are made of thin perforated steel sheets, onto which a gadolinium-doped ceria ceramic membrane has been printed. A 5kW stack has 187 layers of this electrolyte. 


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