The University of Stuttgart has ordered a fuel cell power plant from the Bavarian manufacturer Proton Motor Fuel Cell. The so-called HyShelter system has an output of up to 240 kW. The stationary and grid-autonomous H2 fuel cell is to be integrated into an industrial research site, where it will generate electricity and feed it into the grid as of the second quarter of 2024.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research had commissioned the University of Stuttgart to set up an H2-based industrial research platform. A total of 36 million Euro will flow into this platform over three years. The goal of the so-called WAVE-H2 project is to push the reduction of CO2 emissions in the industrial sector. The university includes the area of “Energy technology of the future”, where the potential of hydrogen for universal decarbonisation is a focal point.
The container power plant can supply mobile refuelling units for HGVs with electricity. Typical areas of application for the HyShelter system are off-grid or also grid-connected installations to ensure a secure energy supply where no or only insufficient electrical infrastructure is available or withdrawal of power from the grid has to be reduced.
Basilios Triantafillos, Global Director for Hannover Messe
The trade fair company Deutsche Messe AG appears confident that in 2022 it will be holding an in-person Hannover Messe once again. The organization made clear already in fall 2021 that hydrogen will play a central role in the industrial trade show of 2022, taking place April 25th to 29th. Deutsche Messe together with Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Europe is holding a networking event centered around hydrogen (see photo) in November at the Landesvertretung Niedersachsen in Berlin. It will be followed soon after by the traditional press conference, this time with Ove Petersen, CEO of GP Joule, which explicitly indicates the future importance of hydrogen. (more…)
Safety plays a decisive role when it comes to the topic of hydrogen. However, not because H2 gas is exceptionally dangerous, but because there are many questions and uncertainties in dealing with this energy storage. For this reason, the HYPOS network has developed a guideline within the framework of the project, which summarises safety-related and organisational instructions that enable the safe operation of plants for hydrogen production, transport, storage and utilisation. (more…)
Interview with NOW chief executive Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff
As of May 15, 2020, the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) has a new chief executive. Formerly Klaus Bonhoff, who has moved to the German transportation ministry, his successor is Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff. Now is the time to take stock and ask what the future holds.
Every day, more and more encouraging stories are popping up on news tickers, saying that companies, cities, towns and entire unions of countries, such as the EU, want to step on the gas in terms of climate action, with hydrogen definitely playing a crucial role in their efforts. While people are still sparring over what production method we should focus on, I am sure green hydrogen will win out in the end. Though we may need some of that blue gas to get to green.