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ROLLS-ROYCE REBRANDS AND BUILDS FUEL CELL TEST SYSTEM

ROLLS-ROYCE REBRANDS AND BUILDS FUEL CELL TEST SYSTEM

Friday, June 11, 2021 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is building a 250kW hydrogen fuel cell at its Friedrichshafen plant in order to test and demonstrate zero-carbon energy systems, while at the same time the company has announced a rebranding exercise.

Although targeted primarily at land-based power, the system, comprising fuel cell modules, batteries, fire protection, air conditioning and safety systems, cooling, gas supply and automation, could be of interest in marine propulsion and auxiliary applications.

CEO Andreas Schell said: “We firmly believe that fuel cell technology is set to make a huge contribution to a successful energy turnaround. That's why Rolls-Royce sees it as its mission to assume a pioneering role in fuel cell applications. Fuel cells shall form an elementary part of our product portfolio for sustainable solutions.”

The company says that fuel cells have very high efficiency levels when generating electricity from hydrogen and oxygen. When run on pure hydrogen, they give off zero emissions – only water vapour – as well as being low-noise, low-maintenance, and vibration-free.

Dr Peter Riegger, VP Rolls-Royce PowerLab, said: “The greatest benefit is when they are run on regeneratively produced hydrogen because this enables polluting and climate-damaging gas emissions to be fully eliminated. This gives fuel cells a huge potential to become a major technology for decarbonising propulsion and electrical power supply systems.”

Under the brand reorganisation, the various Rolls-Royce Power Systems companies will be rebranded as Rolls-Royce Solutions, while the mtu brand will be retained for certain products and solutions.

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