Our fuel cell as a reliable and efficient source of energy for industrial and commercial use
Increasing need for electrically operated systems
In addition to the mobility sector, production and manufacturing workshops are increasingly switching to electric in the form of electrically operated systems and machinery. After all, efficiency and sustainability will need to go hand in hand in the factories of the future. What’s more, electrical energy can be provided much more cost-effectively than the compressed air that has traditionally been used to get many things moving. When more electrical energy is needed, existing energy grids can start to creak under the strain. This is because a gap opens up between the energy required and the energy available. Our decentralized SOFC fuel cell can close this gap – locally and on site – providing additional stability for production and also for the grids. And that’s not all. The electrochemical energy generation process produces high-temperature waste heat as a by-product which can be used for heating or cooling purposes. This is an important aspect, because it further boosts the cost-effectiveness of our SOFC significantly. Compared to other decentralized energy generation systems, this is another plus point for the SOFC: efficiency benefits.
> 85 percent
The overall efficiency rate achieved by Bosch SOFC at beginning of life when heat and power are used
Sustainable electricity all along the line
The key to the future for business and society as a whole is to generate power without causing emissions. The solution for this is to be found not only in the already familiar renewable energies such as solar and wind, but increasingly also in hydrogen – including and especially for industry. This is where the SOFC fuel cell system from Bosch comes in. Developed for the future, it is already available as a pilot system. With the future prospect of use with hydrogen as the energy source, it is currently ready for use with natural gas or biomethane. We are confident that fuel cell technology will play a major role in the energy sector, since 85 percent of all emissions relate to energy.
Heating and cooling
An added bonus of the SOFC system is its potential for heat extraction. The housings of the individual units hide several hundred cells arranged in stacks. These are the very heart of the system. The electrochemical reaction inside creates hot exhaust air (>200°C). This can be extracted from the SOFC system using an exhaust air heat exchanger and then fed into a heating circuit. The waste heat can be used to heat neighboring buildings, or service water, or it can be fed into a district heating network. Alternatively, it can also be converted using absorption chillers and utilized for process cooling.
Would you like to use the Bosch SOFC system in your factory?
The Bosch SOFC system is currently in the pilot phase. All technical specifications given are development objectives and refer to the beginning of life.