H-Tec is divided in two
All in all, 145 exhibitors booked at Renz, of whom 14 alone were energy suppliers and manufacturers of heating systems at the IBZ stand, in addition to four auto manufacturers at the open-air site. As in 2014, GP Joule was represented with two stands in hall 27. At the main stand, things primarily focused on solar, wind and bioenergy and the electricity gap filling systems (“Stromlückenfüller), while at the subsidiary company H-Tec Education, the topic of “further education in the H2 and FC sector” took center stage. Accordingly, the structure of the company that was founded in 2009 has now changed: In recent months it has focused on two locations: Reußenköge in Schleswig-Holstein (headquarters) and Buttenwiesen in Bavaria. And since the entire system integration has been bundled in the south of Germany, that is where H-Tec Systems is now pushing ahead with the development of its electrolyzer. The initial development stage of its “electricity gap filling system” (4 x 5 kW) went into operation in Reußenköge a few days after the trade show (see p. 17).
H-Tec Education has now moved into new accommodation in Lübeck and has appointed a new Managing Director: After the departure of one of the company’s founders in the course of the restructuring, since the start of the year, the company’s 20 employees have been managed by the former Sales Director Ake Johnsen.
A choice between methanol and liquid gas
Dr. Peter Podesser, executive chairman of SFC, reported that there has been a clear decline in the fortunes of the camping market over the course of recent years. Rather than this sector or the telecommunications sector, increasing numbers of systems are now being sold in the area of specialist industrial applications. In particular, the independent supplying of energy to wind power systems which are currently under construction and the monitoring of oil pipelines are worthy of mentioning in this context. With this strategy, in which it isn’t explicitly fuel cells but electrical and complete solutions which are on offer, Podesser and his team of 200 employees, are hoping to achieve positive results.
The EFOY-Pro-12000-Duo-System, which was presented in Hanover, is also set to contribute to this. As can be seen in image 2, this is a 500 W direct methanol fuel cell, until now the most powerful offered by the company from Brunnthal, with a loading capacity of 12 kWh per day, and which is conceptualized for off-grid, industrial use under challenging environmental conditions. It is possible to combine up to five modules in a single switch cabinet (60 kWh per day). Podesser commented as follows: “Where other electricity generators such as solar modules or diesel generators hit their limits or are too expensive in terms of their operation or logistics, our fuel cells offer an attractively priced, reliable solution.”