In a landmark agreement, Rolls-Royce and cellcentric will expand their cooperation on hydrogen fuel cells, by developing complete mtu hydrogen fuel cells solutions based on cellcentric’s modules.
It is expected that these mtu hydrogen fuel cells will be utilised to provide zero-emission power to emergency energy for data centres.
Both companies are looking to grow the hydrogen fuel cell economy and by working together to accelerate the adoption, and the number of products on the market, hydrogen could become a staple in the clean energy transition.
Each fuel cell module will be able to deliver a net power output of around 150kW whilst also being capable of being connected to form scalable fuel cell power plants with outputs within the megawatt range.
Rolls-Royce has said that the first pilot plants with customers will be installed in 2023 with standard production fuel cell systems set to launch in 2025.
Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said, “Electrical generators based on fuel cells represent the next leap forward in the energy transition, both for us and our customers.
“That’s why we’re investing a three-digit million amount in R&D over the next few years, and we hope that this strong commitment will encourage governments and politicians to promote and support this pioneering, extremely climate-friendly, technology.
“When they run on green hydrogen, meaning hydrogen made using renewable energy sources, fuel cells are climate-neutral.
“For this reason, and also because we’re simply convinced by fuel cell technology, we also want to look into how green hydrogen can be produced cost-effectively in the quantities we need.”
Dr. Matthias Jurytko, CEO of cellcentric, said, “The hydrogen-based fuel cell is a crucial building block to achieve the goal of a CO2-neutral society.
“With Rolls-Royce, we have an important partner at our side with whom we want to achieve further economies of scale to help the technology achieve a breakthrough.
“Our cooperation sends a clear signal to politicians and industry: both companies are convinced of the benefits of fuel cells and are working hard to commercialise them. The right framework conditions for this must therefore now be put in place.
“This applies in particular to the issue of infrastructure and thus the generation, storage and transport of hydrogen.”
Cellcentric sees hydrogen as the best option for long haulage trucking
In April 2021, two of the biggest truck manufacturers in the world joined forces to create one of the most promising ventures in the hydrogen fuel cell industry – cellcentric. The joint venture company founded by Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group is aiming to cut the cost of hydrogen fuel cells and make them commercially viable.
With a huge interest from the mobility sector around hydrogen fuel cells and its potential in long distance haulage, cellcentric featured at f-cell Stuttgart 2021 where it displayed one of its fuel cell systems and discussed its position in the market.
H2 View caught up with cellcentric’s CEO, Dr. Matthias Jurytko, at f-cell to find out more about the company, its thoughts on hydrogen fuel cells and the potential impact it could have on the trucking industry in the future.
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