Bosch, Powercell make fuel cell technology ready for mass production: Page 3 of 3

April 29, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fuel cell stack
Probably the most important alternative to battery electric propulsion is propulsion by hydrogen fuel cells. Bosch is now driving the industrialization of this technology through a cooperation agreement with fuel cell manufacturer Powercell AB of Sweden. The goals are ambitious: By 2030, up to 20 percent of all electric vehicles worldwide will be powered by fuel cells.

With its 60 employees, Powercell is increasingly automating the production of stacks with a capacity of up to 125 kilowatts. Founded in 2008 as a spin-off of the Volvo Group, the Göteborg-based company supplies fuel cells for prototype use in trucks and passenger cars. Bosch also has a great deal of expertise in fuel cell technology. The technology and service company sees itself as a systems provider and has already developed an extensive portfolio of components for fuel cells in trucks and passenger cars. These include the air compressor with power electronics and the control unit with sensors.

In addition to PEM fuel cells, Bosch is also active in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Together with the British specialist Ceres Poweren, Bosch has been further developing SOFC technology since the middle of last year to supply power to factories and data centers, for example, on a decentralized basis. The technology is designed to enable small power plants to be located anywhere in the city and in industrial and commercial areas. The high flexibility of the standardized systems makes it easier to cover peak loads, among other things. In the future, a SOFC module will generate an electrical output of 10 kilowatts. For higher energy requirements, any number of modules with the same output can be easily networked.

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