Nel ASA enters development partnership with SFC Energy

Source: press release, 18 August 2021

Chief executive officer of Nel, Jon André Løkke
Chief executive officer of Nel, Jon André Løkke (photo: Nel ASA)

Nel ASA has entered a development partnership with SFC Energy AG to jointly develop the world’s first integrated electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell system for decentralised energy generation and storage. The development will be accelerated through using already mature products and proven technology from each respective party as basis for the integrated offering.

“We are very excited to be joining forces with SFC Energy to jointly extend our industrial offering for environmentally friendly, decentralised energy generation and storage. With their proven track record and years of experience, we see a significant potential in developing solutions together to serve the distributed power generation market, where we see good growth prospects,” says Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel ASA.

The partnership will focus on developing industrial solutions to replace less efficient diesel generators with more efficient systems based on hydrogen fuel cells in combination with green hydrogen production through electrolysis. Initially, SFC Energy and Nel will address applications in a power range of up to 50 kW with a daily operating time of two to ten hours which can be used as reliable emergency power generators for critical power applications. In the medium-term, the partnership is aiming to develop systems in the power range of up to 500 kW for telecom, data centre and auxiliary power unit (APU) markets. The parties aim to introduce the first products to the market during the second half of 2022.

By using renewable energies such as solar or wind power, Nel’s electrolysers will produce the green hydrogen required for the entire system. This is stored in a tank. The SFC Energy hydrogen fuel cell will then convert the gas reliably and climate neutrally back into electrical energy when needed. The integrated offering has potential to replace diesel generators with a high COemissions, therefore making a significant contribution to the race-to-zero and decarbonisation of the global economy.

“Through this development partnership, we aim to tap into the major market opportunities in environmentally friendly energy generation systems based on hydrogen and fuel cells. This brings together two market and technology leaders to focus their strengths and provide a viable response to the major challenges of climate change. With the world’s first integrated electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell system, we are addressing a wide range of applications such as critical and communication infrastructure as well as smart grid applications,” says Dr Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy.

SFC Energy AG is a leading provider of hydrogen and methanol fuel cells for stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions and has delivered more than 50,000 fuel cells to date. The company is headquartered in Brunntal/Munich and operates production facilities in Germany, The Netherlands, Romania and Canada. SFC Energy is listed on the Deutsche Boerse Prime Standard.