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Hydrogen is the new coal in Bochum. Emission-free living of the future with renewable raw materials is a high priority in the Ruhr region. In 2020, Proton Motor delivered a turnkey fuel cell system with an installed fuel cell output of 36 kW to directly supply residential units of the German housing company “Vonovia”.

Facility Specifications
Location
Bochum, Germany
Planned Commissioning
2021
Fuel Cell System
Proton Motor PM Frame® S36
Installed Fuel Cell Capacity
35.5 kW

In the middle of the Weitmar district of Bochum lies a housing estate with 1400 tenants. In this settlement of the district on Bärendorfer Straße, measures will be tested here over the next three years to help reduce carbon dioxide.

The current project in the heart of the Ruhr region with its historic coal mining is called “ODH@Bochum-Weitmar”. When it comes to generating electricity and heating in the future, those responsible want to rely on hydrogen as a storage medium, geothermal energy, photovoltaics, fuel cells and heat pumps, among other things.

For this reason, a system with an installed 36kW fuel cell from Proton Motor was commissioned for the new glass energy centre of the future. The facilities and systems under construction were officially opened in 2021 and will supply 81 flats with CO2-free energy once commissioned.

Fuel cell module in use

Together with APEX Energy Teterow GmbH (www.apex-energy.de), it was agreed in 2019, after the conclusion of a framework agreement in the form of a consortium, to deliver up to ten container-based fuel cell systems with up to 100 kW within two years from 2020.

Facility Specifications
Location
Rostock-Laage, Deutschland
Commissioning
2020
Fuel Cell System
Proton Motor PM Frame® S36 (5 Systems)
Installed Fuel Cell Capacity
178 kW

In 2020, the first grid-connected hydrogen storage system was opened in Rostock-Laage. The system stores energy in the form of regenerative hydrogen, which is produced by electrolysis from surplus wind energy. The container solution with an installed fuel cell capacity of 178 kW from Proton Motor is an important component of this hydrogen plant.

The 20-foot outdoor container solution is designed for grid-synchronous operation with an output power of 100kW (end of life) and contains five units of the PM Frame® S36 fuel cell system developed especially for this application. Furthermore, the container solution contains the AC inverter for direct feed-in to the local power grid. Outside the container is an external table cooler module with the additional option of extracting and using the fuel cell waste heat.

Fuel cell module in use

Bavarian technology combined with South Tyrolean innovation: the result is an energy-autonomous and completely emission-free residential building. In a PM cooperation with the specialists of “GKN Powder Metallurgy” (www.gkn.com) from Bruneck, a sensational pilot project was officially inaugurated in 2019. At the 500-year-old “Knappenhaus”, located in the northernmost mountain village of South Tyrol at about 1,500 metres, the first “Hy2green” storage system plant (www.hy2green.de) for renewable energies was implemented.

Facility Specifications
Location
Kasern in South Tyrol, Italy
Commissioning
2019
Fuel Cell System
Proton Motor PM Module S8
Installed Fuel Cell Capacity
8.4 kW

The residential property in the Ahrntal village of Kasern did not have its own grid connection when the conversion began. The goal was to establish a continuous self-sufficient supply of light, electricity and heat for the private house. The concept for energy production is based on the house’s own and already existing water turbine and is expanded with a hydrogen storage system. Proton Motor supplied the PM Module S8 fuel cell system for this purpose. With its electrical output of 8.4 kW in stationary use, this PM Module represents part of the energy supply to organise the requirement for the purely water-powered storage project.

The challenge of the mountain cabin, which is known historically as the miners’ cabin, is the fact that the water flow decreases significantly in winter due to frost and icing. A new storage technology was therefore a basic requirement to be able to store the natural “green” energy in the long term. The special feature of the Hy2green solid-state storage system is the local generation and storage of hydrogen without additional compression in metal powder. The hydrogen serves as a storage medium for the original electrical energy. The metal powder in turn is used as a particularly safe storage medium for the hydrogen. Hydrogen is generated from electrical energy by means of electrolysis and fed into GKN Powder Metallurgy’s storage tanks filled with metal powder. Here, the hydrogen binds to the metal particles – the so-called metal hydride is formed, a stable and safe compound.

The connection of the metal hydride storage can be loosened again by simply adjusting the pressure and temperature. The hydrogen is fed into the PM fuel cell and converted into electricity. All that remains is water vapour and water, without any environmentally harmful influences. The heat energy produced during the conversion is fed into the building’s heat cycle by the heat management system. This significantly increases the energy efficiency of the building with its zero-emission power and heat plant. Stationary energy generation through local natural energy sources such as hydropower leads to sustainable energy, CO2 reduction and cost savings.

Fuel cell module in use

With its PEM fuel cell technology, Proton Motor provides the basis for making the world’s first energy-autonomous, purely solar-powered apartment building possible.

Facility Specifications
Location
Brütten, Switzerland
Commissioning
January 2016
Fuel Cell System
Proton Motor PM Module S8
Installed Fuel Cell Capacity
7,8 kW

The residential building in Brütten in the Swiss district of Winterthur follows increased ecological and energy standards and was initiated by “Umwelt Arena AG”. The house requires no external energy supply, neither thermal nor electrical. All electrical and thermal energy is drawn from the sun and distributed throughout the year by various forms of storage (short-term and seasonal storage) in the building. The solar energy is converted into electricity via the solar cells and temporarily stored in daily or medium-term battery storage units for use in the building. For long-term storage, a new type of conversion from electricity to hydrogen is used. The hydrogen is temporarily stored and converted into electrical and thermal energy via a fuel cell when needed.

In this project, Proton Motor is responsible for converting the stored hydrogen back into electricity and feeding the electrical energy into the DC circuit of the house. For this purpose, the PM Module S8 fuel cell module is integrated with a DC/DC converter in a 19-inch cabinet. Furthermore, Proton Motor’s scope of delivery includes a heat exchanger that makes it possible to use the thermal energy generated during the process to heat the house’s hot water.

Fuel cell module in use

In cooperation with the “DB Bahnbau Gruppe” and “DB Netz AG”, Proton Motor has realised a pioneering pilot project in Sömmerda, Thuringia. A container solution with integrated fuel cell systems from Proton Motor provides an uninterrupted power supply for “Deutsche Bahn” as well as for third-party customers in industry such as IT, transport and the manufacturing industry.

Facility Specifications
Location
Sömmerda, Thuringia, Deutschland
Commissioning
2016
Fuel Cell System
Proton Motor PM Module S8

The diesel generator, which was previously responsible for the emergency power supply, was replaced by the emission-free fuel cell application. Especially with regard to railway infrastructure, the fuel cell offers an environmentally friendly and durable alternative for securing the power supply. The temperature-independent (-40 to +50 degrees Celsius) power adjustment in a maximum of 20 seconds through a modular design makes the complete container solution a universally applicable and adaptable alternative to the diesel generator.

Fuel cell module in use
Emergency power supply of the Deutsche Bahn
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    APEX Energy Teterow GmbH
    „We were enthusiastic about the professional cooperation! The quality of Proton Motor products and their services are excellent.“
  • H2tec AG
    „We were very satisfied with the cooperation. The quality of the products is convincing and our wishes were implemented accordingly. We were particularly convinced by the flexibility and the possible applications of the products.“
  • Technische Universität Berlin - Logo
    Technische Universität Berlin
    „We were very satisfied with the project implementation, as even misunderstandings were solved quickly and successfully by Proton Motor.“

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