Isreal-based GenCell Energy today said it has successfully integrated its alkaline fuel cell with Germany-based Enapter’s AEM electrolyser to power hybrid and backup green energy solutions.
The project validated that the electrolyser successfully generates the amount and quality of hydrogen needed to operate the alkaline fuel cell in a hybrid or backup power solution, strengthening the value proposition of both products to successfully fill the power requirements of many use cases, both on and off-grid.
Integrating the Enapter AEM electrolyser together with the GenCell alkaline fuel cell in a hybrid or microgrid power system prevents curtailment of surplus intermittent energy and instead leverages the electrolyser to convert that energy to industrial-grade hydrogen, GenCell said in a statement.
This industrial-grade hydrogen can be economically stored and used on-demand as fuel to run the GenCell alkaline fuel cell when intermittent, grid or battery power is not available, both to charge the batteries and to provide electricity for as long as needed, until the other power sources return to production.
The ability of each Enapter electrolyser to feed the alkaline fuel cell without costly filtration or purification simplifies and eliminates additional costs from the power system, GenCell said.
Producing hydrogen-on-demand with an electrolyser next to the fuel cell both eliminates the often significant logistical operations and operating expenses of the hydrogen supply chain and makes fuel cells relevant for long-duration backup in locations where hydrogen is not readily available.
In many poor grid systems or hybrid environments where hydrogen is either not available or very costly to supply, today the integrated Enapter-GenCell solution can deliver crucial and emission-free backup power at a cost that is equivalent to or lower than the cost of diesel power.
Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of Enapter, said, “While our versatile equipment can easily be paired with most any fuel cell on the market, as Enapter, we look to minimise the costs and maximise the reliability of our solutions for our customers.”
“Bottom line, GenCell’s unique capacity to run on 99.9% purity hydrogen will save customers more money.”
Rami Reshef, CEO of GenCell, added, “The advent of the hybrid power solution and green microgrid is changing the future of our energy economy for the better.”
Production of green hydrogen at scale will significantly increase the demand for renewable energy, creating jobs and accelerating decarbonisation.”
“Utilities are achieving faster and more reliable grid modernization in weather-sensitive regions by replacing traditional pole and line systems with renewable microgrids.
“Now that in addition to being reliable, weather-resistant and emission-free, hybrid power solutions incorporating Enapter AEM electrolysers and GenCell alkaline fuel cells are becoming more economic than diesel, it is even more relevant to ‘Say No to Diesel’.”