SerEnergy to launch next generation of methanol fuel cells: SereneU

Source: press release, 22 April 2021

Methanol-based fuel cells: A unique technology for sustainable energy generation
Methanol-based fuel cells: A unique technology for sustainable energy generation (photo: SerEnergy)

A 4th generation of SerEnergy’s fuel cell units: SereneU has now be released. The new generation introduces many advantages, such as longer lifetime, less service and maintenances, and improved total cost of ownership. The product upgrade places SerEnergy fuel cells in a significant state-of the art position for volume market penetration – responding to an increased global demand for sustainable energy, working for the environment and for SerEnergy customers.

Increasingly, enviromental and social sustainability are raising fundamental questions on how we are powerering applications. Cutting down CO2 and particle emmisions are key elements in the climate debate. SerEnergy methanol based systems are drastically cutting down emissions in power generation applications. As a stand-alone or in a hydrid configuration with direct solar and wind energy, SerEnergy’s methanol fuel cells units, can make us reach mutual global ambition of cutting down CO2 emissions. Methanol can be produced by renewable sources, is easy to store and handle and has become one of the largest commodities, with increasing establishment of worldwide plants in all continents.

Methanol fuel cell units by SerEnergy have the option to interconnect with multiple units resulting in power systems and solutions for larger power demands. In category of power supply, SerEnergy fuel cells is a reliable source of on-demand power generation for critical communication networks such as commercial telecom and security etc. Fuel cells by SerEnergy can deliver DC power directly, without power loss from additional converters, providing a highly efficient energy supply. Different type of battery charging algorithms are integrated in the power electronics so that it can be supported and configured for different battery types, or hybrid electrical systems. Another advantage of integrated electronics is a closer integration with the fuel cell system itself and control of this which provides some additional options for optimisation of operation, reliability, maintenance and diagnostics/state-of-health monitoring. All in all, this makes handling easy and reduces fuel consumption on site. As a low maintenance power technology, the unit is equally ideal for critical backup power, temporary or continuous 24/7. It works both in off-grid applications and as back-up for in grid applications.

Ever since 2006, SerEnergy has been working to lift each variable in its fuel cells and systems to benefice sustainable use cases. As the company now launches its 4th generation, the overall goal has been to lower total cost of ownership to customers.

The 4th generation of fuel cells to be released by SerEnergy, Serene, introduces improvements in terms of quality and a lifetime extension which in turn will minimise maintenance and leverage profitability to customers. Main parts of the fuel cell units are stacks and reformer and both components, developed and produced by SerEnergy, have been reinforced, causing the overall lifetime to be increased by more than 30%. Moreover, serene embeds a unit swap technology securing no or short downtime during power failures and with an extension of temperature windows of operation to -20° to 50° C, Serene is fit for operation in most regions – outdoor as well as indoor.

Commercial Manager, Morten Thomsen, from SerEnergy looks forward to introducing the market to this latest generation of methanol-based fuel cells: “we see markets responding positively to fuel cells within many application areas in recent years, particularly within telecommunications, lately a large-scale deployment by Smart Communications Inc., but also residential and construction industries respond with increased demands where we have established a number of partnerships lately. Our customers demand not only sustainable solutions but also reliable and smart solutions that are price competitive. No doubt, price is a critical factor to industries as they transit to green energies and with our new generation lowering total cost of ownership, we are one step closer to that breakeven bound to come, if not already here.”