Kohler Energy unveils 100kW hydrogen fuel cell power system plans

Kohler Energy has developed a new hydrogen KDI engine and is developing its first ever hydrogen fuel cell power system.

The new technologies will further accelerate the company’s strategy to provide the broadest range of clean energy and hydrogen-ready solutions for off-highway equipment and standby and prime power applications for residential and industrial solutions from 20kW to 5MW and more.

Kohler Energy will apply a hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) to the KDI 2504 TCR, providing the same performance and power density as the starting diesel engines with a carbon-neutral solution.

The hydrogen fuel cell power system, a 100kW solid polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, will use green hydrogen for emergency backup and demand response, suitable for mission-critical power users such as hospitals, data centres, utilities, ports and water treatment plants.

Brian Melka, Group President at Kohler Energy, said, “As governments, businesses, and individuals look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, we’re likewise pursuing ways to positively contribute to decarbonisation through new technologies and advanced engineering to develop solutions that utilise clean energy sources.

“We believe we can provide the broadest array of solutions, especially in hydrogen, given our unique footprint across diverse end markets.”

The hydrogen engine was unveiled at the Agritechnica trade show in Hanover, Germany, on November 13, with in-field case studies for the hydrogen fuel cell expected to begin in early 2024.

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