Weichai Power launches stationary SOFC system in China

Chinese-based company Weichai Power has launched a stationary power solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system based on Ceres Power technology.

Ceres, based in the UK and partner of Weichai, is a developer of electrochemical technologies such as fuel cells for power generation and electrolysis for the creation of green hydrogen.

Weichai estimates that when its products reach 1GW of distributed power deployed, it has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by around two million per year.

Compared with electricity drawn from the grid it can save around 600 million cubic metres of natural gas, compared with traditional natural gas internal combustion engine generator sets.

The company claims its SOFC system can start and stop up to four times faster than other technologies, with power generation efficiency of more than 60% and cogeneration efficiency more than 85%.

Weichai announced its SOFC system has passed the EU CE certification of the International Authoritative testing organisation TÜD SÜD, as part of the 11th International Conference of ICE Reliability in Jinan, China.

The system has been demonstrated in Weichai’s Fuel Cell Industrial Park with Weifan Energy Group and announced it has achieved cumulative operation of more than 30,000 hours.

Last year, Ceres, Weichai and Robert Bosch announced a collaboration to target the Chinese fuel cell market.

Bosch will license its SOFC for both mobile and stationary applications in China, alongside Ceres, and will share royalties for the sale of its productions.

Read more:Weichai, Bosch, Ceres collaborate to target the Chinese fuel cell market

In 2021, Ceres announced its fuel cell technology will be implemented into two maritime projects under the Government’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

The first of the two projects will look to create a zero-carbon base load for large ships with a feasibility study set to explore if Ceres’ SOFC technology can replace diesel generators for cruise ship hotel power in port.

Read more:Ceres to implement hydrogen SOFC technology into British maritime projects

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