London based Waste2Tricity, which plans to use plasma gasification and fuel cell technology to deliver structured solutions to the waste to energy sector, signed a new co-operation agreement in Bangkok with AFC Energy plc and AlterNRG Corp through its Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) subsidiary.
The company said that the agreement will accelerate the adoption of the AFC Energy’s fuel cell systems in Thailand, where Waste2Tricity holds an exclusive licence for waste to energy projects.More Waste Management World Articles
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) builds on the commercialisation deal announced on 31 October 2013, granting exclusive rights to Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) to use AFC Energy’s low-cost fuel cell systems to generate power from hydrogen gasified from municipal solid waste.
The company said that it also builds upon the on the December 2013 agreement for Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) to acquire exclusive rights for the Westinghouse Plasma Corporation technology from Alter NRG.
Waste2Tricity said that following positive market feedback the three companies are now aiming to accelerate a number of large scale projects in Thailand, similar to the Air Products’ Tees Valley project in the UK. (See WMW Story)
The company added that it is also investigating the logistics of manufacturing fuel cells in Thailand, potentially reducing the timeline of fuel cells being integrated into waste plants, and is lobbying the Thai government for fuel cell incentives.
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