ElringKlinger is supplying 68 fuel cell short stacks to a research consortium formed by several institutes in Germany. The aim of the consortium is to develop basic principles for the necessary adaptation of the ISO standard for H2 delivery quality at filling stations.
ElringKlinger has agreed to deliver FC shortstacks from the beginning of 2021 to the end of 2022 to the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Ulm, where they will be used on test stands as part of a three-year research project called H2Fuel. Shortstacks comprise a small number of cells that are assembled at a lower power than usual for test bench purposes. The order placed with ElringKlinger also includes Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA), on which the electrochemical reaction takes place.
“For us, the fact that ElringKlinger’s fuel cell stacks have been chosen to deliver the underlying scientific data that will inform everyday use is further proof of how pioneering our best-in-class technology really is,” expresses Dr. Stefan Wolf, CEO of ElringKlinger AG. The project participants aim to develop technically and economically suitable threshold values for hydrogen quality. “This is because the quality requirements that the hydrogen to be used has to meet will have a material impact on how much it will cost and how long the fuel cells will last,” the company says.
Based on the research results achieved, the H2 filling station network in Germany is to take on a pioneering role in the application of sound standards. H2Fuel is coordinated by the Center for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT) in Duisburg. In addition to the ZSW in Ulm, other partners include the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH in Ottobrunn, and the Institute for Physical Chemistry at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Mercedes-Benz FuelCell, Toyota, BMW and Ford are also involved as associated partners. The project is funded by the National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).