Nel Asa and SFC Energy AG inked a development partnership agreement to jointly develop the world’s first integrated electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell system for decentralised energy generation and storage.
The development will be accelerated by using already mature products and proven technology from each party as a basis for the integrated offering.
The partnership will develop industrial solutions to replace less efficient diesel generators with more efficient systems based on hydrogen fuel cells in combination with green hydrogen production through electrolysis.
Initially, SFC Energy and Nel will address applications in a power range of up to 50 kW with a daily operating time of 2-10 hours which can be used as reliable emergency power generators for critical power applications. The partnership will further develop a system in the power range of up to 500 kW for telecom, data centre and auxiliary power unit (APU) markets. The parties aim to introduce the first products to the market during the second half of 2022.
Nel electrolysers will produce the green hydrogen required for the entire system using renewable energy. The hydrogen will be stored in a tank. The SFC Energy hydrogen fuel cell will then convert the gas reliably and climate neutrally back into electrical energy when needed. The power generator can replace diesel generators with a high CO2 emission, resulting in a significant contribution to the race-to-zero and decarbonisation of the global economy.
Jon Andre Lokke, CEO of Nel ASA, said, “We see a significant potential in developing solutions together to serve the distributed power generation market, where we see good growth prospects.”
Dr Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy, commented, “With the world’s first integrated electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell system, we are addressing a wide range of applications such as critical and communication infrastructure as well as smart grid applications.”