Viessmann joins forces to power fuel cell industry

Published: 21 November 2012 - 6:41 a.m.
By: CW Staff

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Viessmann has announced two separate deals with Hexis and Panasonic which will see the release of new products into the fuel cell market.

The company has revealed it has acquired a holding in Hexis and said they plan to work together to prepare Hexis’ solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) systems for the market.

“Viessmann has successfully found a partner which is regarded as being one of Europe’s leading specialists in micro CHP (combined heat and power) high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) systems,” the company said in a statement.

“The complexity of the SOFC and the associated system is relatively low and therefore has the potential to achieve a high level of electrical efficiency with low long term manufacturing costs. Viessmann now wants to join forces with Hexis to make this system market ready for applications in existing buildings,” the statement added.

Hexis has already tested and optimised more than 100 of its micro CHP units developed in recent years to supply domestic heat and power in field trials, primarily as part of the so-called Callus program.

The deal with Panasonic will see Viessmann cooperate with Panasonic in the field of PEM fuel cells.

“The specific characteristics of this type of fuel cell make it the ideal choice for single-family homes with low heating demands,” the statement said.

“With both technologies – the Panasonic’s low-temperature PEM fuel cell and the high-temperature solid oxide fuel cell manufactured by Hexis – and its own experience in fuel cell development, Viessmann is in an excellent position within the stationary heat and power supply sector, which is expected to be the source of powerful impetus for the heating market in the future,” it added.

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