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AFC Energy Plc
01 November 2018



1 November 2018


AFC Energy PLC


("AFC Energy" or the "Company")



Southern Oil Refining Fuel Cell System - Update


AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), the industrial fuel cell power company, is pleased to provide an update on its first commercial order in Australia for a proprietary hydrogen power generation unit from refiner, Southern Oil Refining Pty Ltd ("Southern Oil").

Over the past few months, AFC Energy has conducted initial engineering and supply chain preparedness work in advance of finalising the full suite of terms for supply of a fuel cell system into Southern Oil's Gladstone Refinery during the course of 2019.  This work has included several meetings with electrode supplier, Industrie De Nora together with containerisation suppliers that AFC Energy is currently working with to maximise the "plug and play" capability of the fuel cell system in Gladstone.

In the week commencing 15 October 2018, representatives of AFC Energy met with Southern Oil management at the bio-refinery and advanced bio-fuels laboratory site in Gladstone and at Southern Oil's Brisbane based offices to progress the logistics, installation, operational matters and confirm commercial and contractual principles associated with the fuel cell system installation. 

Southern Oil is currently reviewing the final engineering design of their hydrogen solution at the bio-refinery which may result in an adjustment to the volume of hydrogen available for the fuel cell system in Gladstone, however, both parties remain ever focussed on deployment of Australia's first industrial scale fuel cell system. 

Tim Rose, Southern Oil's Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are delighted to continue our collaboration with AFC Energy.  It is exciting for us to be the first mover in acquiring AFC's hydrogen alkaline fuel cell.  This technology compliments our suite of renewable, waste to energy projects which is focussed on delivering economically viable, and environmentally responsible clean energy".  

Adam Bond, AFC Energy's Chief Executive Officer, said: "It was great spending the week with Southern Oil and seeing the tremendous work being carried out in Gladstone, Queensland.  Southern Oil have designed and built the world's most advanced re-refining plant of waste lube oil back into base lube oil - as well establishing Australia's only Advanced Bio-Fuels Pilot Plant and Laboratory.  It is these types of facilities, together with companies such as Southern Oil, where the deployment of zero emission fuel cell systems makes absolute sense.  We continue to collaborate closely with Southern Oil's technical team to ensure AFC Energy's fuel cell is fully operational within the timeframe of their advanced bio-refinery, expected to be mid 2019."   

For further information, please contact:

AFC Energy plc

Adam Bond (Chief Executive Officer)



+44 (0) 20 3697 1209

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker

David Foreman

Richard Salmond 



+44 (0) 20 7894 7000

M C Peat & Co LLP Joint Broker

Charlie Peat


+44 (0) 20 7104 2334



Lionsgate Communications Public Relations

Jonathan Charles


+44 (0) 20 3697 1209



About AFC Energy


AFC Energy plc has developed and successfully demonstrated an alkaline fuel cell system, which converts hydrogen into "clean" electricity. AFC Energy's key project POWER-UP demonstrated the world's largest operational alkaline fuel cell system at Air Products' industrial gas plant in Stade, Germany.  The Company is now building upon an already established pipeline of commercial opportunities and driving the findings from the development phase of the technology into a technically optimised and commercially relevant fuel cell system.  For further information, please visit our website:


About Southern Oil

Southern Oil is a privately owned Australian company operating two waste oil refinery facilities in Wagga Wagga (NSW) and Gladstone (QLD).  Each day these refineries take in around 420,000 litres of waste lube oil that would otherwise be burnt or dumped.

The development of world leading processes in waste oil refining has led to investments into, and the opening of, Australia's first Advanced Biofuels Laboratory and Biofuels Pilot Plant in Gladstone, Queensland. 

Southern Oil are testing renewable technologies from around the world to produce renewable crude, bio-hydrogen and 100 per cent renewable drop in fuels.  For further information, please visit Southern Oil's website:


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