Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc., announced the successful delivery of its Serene HT-PEM fuel cell systems to BSZ Netz GmbH (“BSZ”), a German-based subsidiary of TSG Transmission Systems Germany GmbH, specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of sustainable redundant power supply solutions across the European market.
Advent’s Serene 5kW methanol-powered fuel cell systems will be used as a back-up power source for a wide range of portable power stations currently integrated into a mobile solution by BSZ, in accordance with their customers’ requirements. Ranging from 3kW to 55kW, these products will serve the communications industry and will consist of fuel cells, battery packs, converters, controllers, and fuel tanks. BSZ’s main customers include network, operations, and services suppliers of private and public communication networks.
With a small footprint of about a third of a typical diesel generator, and having less constraints with the local environment due to its low noise and vibration operations, Advent’s Serene fuel cells generate significantly lower emissions compared with traditional generator sets. Advent’s Serene fuel cells also ensure uninterrupted power across various environmental conditions and geographies, weather, ambient temperatures from as low as -20 °C and up to +50 °C, and they operate despite humidity and polluted air.
Liquid methanol as a carrier of hydrogen allows easier transportation, logistics and storage compared to hydrogen gas, significantly enhancing the safety of operations. Advent has deployed approximately 1,000 methanol—powered fuel cells worldwide, many of which have been used as an efficient back-up power source in the telecoms and critical communications sectors, replacing diesel generators.
“We are delighted about the successful delivery of our methanol-powered fuel cell systems to BSZ Netz. We believe that methanol has the potential to become a leading zero-emissions liquid fuel that can leverage from the incumbent global infrastructure. Given the urgency to decarbonize power generation, we expect methanol to have an increasingly significant role as a liquid hydrogen carrier and a low carbon dioxide emissions alternative to oil. We look forward to further contributing to BSZ’s innovative efforts in the near future,” stated Advent Technologies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou.
Thomas Schulze, the Managing Director of BSZ Netz, added, “At BSZ Netz, we work each day to contribute towards the wider adoption of clean energy technologies in Europe and strongly believe that HT-PEM fuel cells powered by methanol have a vital role to play in speeding up this green transition. Advent’s well-tested fuel cells will further strengthen our efforts to deliver environmentally friendly, quiet, and highly efficient redundant power. We look forward to integrating these fuel cells into our systems and continuing our collaboration with Advent.”