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The Bosch SOFC system

Hydrogen: Looking ahead to the future

When a key element becomes a pivotal moment, when hydrogen transforms into innovative strength, then the present becomes the future: The sustainable energy supply of tomorrow that’s efficient, decentralized, and climate-friendly.

Bosch fuel cell system as part of a sustainable energy supply
The energy transition is motivating us to develop technological solutions that will help all of us better achieve global climate goals. How? One way is with a carbon-neutral energy supply. Part of our solution is an energy-efficient fuel cell system for decentralized applications that generates electricity and heat fuel-flexibly.

Our fuel-flexible quick-change artist

Our decentralized SOFC energy supply system is incredibly versatile and can use both renewable fuels (hydrogen from wind or sun, for example) and conventional fuels (biomethane or natural gas) to generate electricity and heat – making our energy converter a perfect fit in a time when the global energy markets are adapting and changing more rapidly than ever. This system based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology can be used in urban quarters, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and data centers. If you’re seeking a sustainable, decentralized energy supply that’s also efficient, the Bosch SOFC is right for you, with an overall efficiency of over 85 percent at the beginning of life. Series production is planned for 2024. The time to think ahead is now.

The Bosch SOFC can be configured individually, in a network, or as a smart grid. The solid oxide fuel cell currently runs on natural gas and biogas and can be converted to pure hydrogen in the future.

What makes this fuel cell system special?

With our decentralized Bosch SOFC system, we meet all the requirements for an energy supply of the future that will not only be efficient and as climate-neutral as possible, but will also be connected, scalable, and reliable. Anyone who wants to use a fuel cell won’t have to wait until the hydrogen infrastructure is in place. The SOFC can already be connected to existing gas utilities and is immediately ready for pilot operation.

The hydrogen SOFC consists of special solid oxide ceramic elements that are combined in a hotbox as a stack. This fuel cell runs on sustainably produced hydrogen with zero carbon emissions.

How does the SOFC work?

The electricity and heat generated by our solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is sustainable. The SOFC can already run on natural gas or biomethane and emits less carbon, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter than conventional power plants. When operated with green hydrogen, carbon emissions drop to zero. The reaction process that converts chemical energy to electrical energy takes place in the smallest element of our SOFC system: the cell itself.

e Bosch SOFC can reduce the ecological footprint and emissions of sustainable quarters, making Bosch a vital contributor to ecological sustainability and the energy transition in Germany.

Where can the fuel cell system be used?

Our SOFC system is always the right choice. It's ideal for applications that require the generation of electricity and heat to be not only highly efficient, but also grid-independent – for maximum security of supply and future-readiness. It’s all part of the energy transition, which we’re already associating with hydrogen. The fuel cell system is ready for operation as a pilot system and is expected to enter series production in 2024. It’s ideal for urban quarters, commercial buildings, industrial plants, and data centers.

The Bosch SOFC system is currently in the pilot phase. All technical specifications given are development objectives and refer to the beginning of life.

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