Rolls-Royce and Mercedes partner on fuel cell venture
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Rolls-Royce Power Systems is collaborating with Lab1886 to develop hydrogen fuel cells for stationary power generation.
The fuel cells which are being developed will emit no pollutants during operation and if the hydrogen is generated using low-carbon electricity the overall emissions to the atmosphere is zero.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems is collaborating with Lab1886, an innovation laboratory from Mercedes-Benz, to develop hydrogen fuel cells for stationary power generation. The units will be sold under the brand name MTU and are aimed at providing continuous and emergency power for safety-critical applications such as data centres.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ focus is high-speed engines and propulsion systems for transport such as ships, trains and heavy load vehicles which are currently almost always based on diesel engines. That’s why Rolls-Royce believes that fuel cells could be a more environmentally friendly alternative to consider.
Martin Teigeler, Research and Development chief of Rolls-Royce Power Systems said:
“The idea behind the fuel cell is as ingenious as it is simple and we’re all pretty familiar with it. But implementing it in practice can still be a difficult challenge,”
“Now that fuel cells have reached series maturity, they’re ready for the commercial market. And we’re delighted to have Lab1886 as our partner, because their technological mindset fits ours perfectly. We’re confident that Mercedes-Benz fuel cell modules have the potential to open up new application possibilities in stationary power generation as well, and that’s our market.”
Susanne Hahn, head of Lab1886 Global added:
“Our innovativeness has always been one of the main drivers of our long-term success and cross-industry exchange and collaboration have always been vital to it. We’re delighted to be supporting Rolls-Royce on a pilot project that will bring us closer to a successful energy transition outside the realm of the automobile.”