Swedish Energy Agency awards PowerCell $600K to develop modular fuel cell system for stationary applications; Power-to-Gas
The Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) has granted PowerCell Sweden AB SEK5 million (US$600,000) to develop a modular fuel cell system for stationary applications. The project aims to develop and demonstrate stationary fuel cell systems based on modules of 20 kW with PowerCell’s new fuel cell stack, S2. In October 2014, SEA had granted PowerCell SEK7 million for the MoRE Zero project to develop a fuel cell system for use in a modular range extender system for electric vehicles in the European ERA-NET project. (Earlier post.)
In discussions with several potential customers, PowerCell has seen interest in stationary systems in different sizes based on PowerCell’s fuel cell technology. Supported by the awarded grant from the Swedish Energy Agency, PowerCell will develop a modular fuel cell system for stationary applications.
PowerCell has identified a range of applications that can be addressed using systems based on this fuel cell module—e.g., storage of energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind power that have a very high fluctuating production that do not comply with requirements. Other possible applications are larger standby generators and electricity generation from excess hydrogen in the process industry.
Based on the range-extending system that PowerCell has previously developed, stationary fuel cell systems in the range of 20-120 kW can be developed for applications in several segments and markets.