Alternative Energy

Cooperation agreement for fuel cell solutions with solar energy

5th October 2020
Alex Lynn

PowerCell Sweden has signed a Nordic cooperation agreement with Soltech Group regarding a joint development f fuel cell solutions for solar energy based on the two companies’ products within fuel cells and solar energy. In a first collaborative project, the two companies will conduct a feasibility study regarding a stationary power solution that will secure power supply for Amokabel AB in Alstermo, Småland.

The Soltech Group is Sweden’s leading supplier of energy solutions based on solar energy and develops and sells complete solutions where solar panels have been integrated into roofs and building facades.

The aim of the cooperation agreement is to utilise the two companies’ expertise and products to offer stationary energy solutions based on a combination of solar energy and fuel cells. By using excess energy from solar panels to produce hydrogen, solar energy can be stored and converted back to electricity in a fuel cell when needed.

The aim of the feasibility study that the two companies will perform for Amokabel, is to examine if solar energy in combination with hydrogen storage can alleviate the company’s problem with grid capacity. As Amokabel has grown and increased its production, it has experienced increasing problems with lack of power in the existing grid.

“The increasing need of energy, and sustainable energy in particular, makes the combination of solar energy and fuel cells extremely interesting. We therefore see a great potential for stationary fuel cell power generation based on locally produced and stored hydrogen,” said Andreas Bodén, Director Sales and Aftermarket.

“This cooperation is a breakthrough in helping all businesses and the public sector with the major problems related to insufficient grid capacity. We see great opportunities and are proud and happy that PowerCell has chosen us as their partner,” added Stefan Ölander, CEO of Soltech.

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