SFC Energy, Wolftank to partner on H2-based power supply for critical infrastructure

SFC Energy's EFOY Hâ‚‚Cabinet hydrogen power solution. Image by SFC Energy AG

March 16 (Renewables Now) - German fuel-cell specialist SFC Energy AG (ETR:F3C) and Austria-based Wolftank Group have agreed to partner on the power supply by hydrogen fuel cells for critical infrastructure and hydrogen refuelling stations in Italy and Austria.

As part of the cooperation, two companies will offer a system consisting of SFC Energy's hydrogen fuel cell technology and a special hydrogen tank by Wolftank that supplies the fuel cells, a joint statement said on Wednesday. The hydrogen-based solution will replace existing grid backup systems powered by lead-acid batteries and diesel generators at gas utilities, telecom infrastructure and hydrogen refuelling stations, thus making emergency power supply climate neutral. The first pilot project will be launched this month in Italy.

The partnership combines SFC Energy's expertise in fuel cell technology and Wolftank's know-how in hydrogen supply and storage as well as complete solutions for hydrogen refuelling stations.

SFC Energy claims that its hydrogen fuel cells have a longer life span than lead-acid batteries and are up to 95% recyclable. The company noted that the use of such fuel cells will help customers reduce their carbon emissions and cut costs of ownership. It has already sold over 55,000 of its hydrogen and direct methanol fuel cells for stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions.

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