Proton Motor: New orders for the PM S8 fuel cell module
● Success of the South Tyrolean Miners’ House project increases demand ●
● 3. order from internat. Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Group ●
● S8 will also play central role in wind power plant on the North Sea ●
The demand for decentralized energy storage systems is currently rising sharply. Stationary hydrogen-based solutions have an advantage over batteries. In July 2019, the high-profile pilot project “Knappenhaus” was officially inaugurated in Kasern, the northernmost mountain village in South Tyrol. It has passed the winter challenges so far with flying colors. Originally designed 500 years ago as a simple mountain hut at 1,500 meters, the residential building can store the “green” and emission-free energy of the house’s own watercourse despite seasonal icing or on-demand. The technical installation consists of a water turbine and the S8 fuel cell module with an output of 8.4 kW from “Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH” (www.proton-motor.de).
Following the successful Knappenhaus project, in which the “PM Module S8” was integrated for the first time into a new hydrogen storage system as a combined heat and power plant, Proton Motor supplied two demonstration systems to the major international mechanical engineering and aerospace group in 2020. The customer has now ordered four more hydrogen fuel cells for self-sufficient energy generation and supply based on renewable energies. In addition, the prospect of further follow-up orders was hinted at.
PM Module S8 for wind model project
What sub-zero temperatures mean in the mountains, coastal regions get as different wind qualities. A new hydrogen project will test the potential of wind energy as a renewable resource with Proton Motor fuel cells over the next two years. Hydrogen is also used as a molecular energy storage medium for this project to compensate for natural fluctuations. Since hydrogen is converted back into energy through combustion, it is considered the central building block of energy. For this reason, a university from northern Germany also ordered the “PM Module S8” directly from the Puchheim-based technology market leader Proton Motor in January. This is to play a central role in the generation of electricity from renewable energies for the CO2-neutral hydrogen production and application of a selected wind power plant in the North Sea city.