Following Elcore’s acquisition by Freudenberg, many former business partners didn’t know what would happen to the fuel cell heaters manufactured by the company. Manfred Stefener, formerly Elcore’s chief executive and now the head of its 40-staff office in Munich, told H2-international that Elcore would continue selling 2400 Plus devices as well as support existing installations. One of the only changes had been the logo, which now showed the symbol of the new owner, Weinheim-based company Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, one of the largest business units of the Freudenberg Group.
Producing hydrogen in a completely natural way is something of a Rosetta Stone in science. Many have tried over the past decades, but rarely have they been able to announce a breakthrough in this field. Electrochaea, a startup based in a town west of Munich, could now have taken a big leap toward economic feasibility. This spring, the 20-staff company declared its intention to build power-to-gas bioreactors with a capacity of up to 50 megawatts.
Microbial fuel cells are one of the most well-known devices in a steadily expanding research field called bio-electrochemistry. As diverse and promising as technologies bridging the gap between electrochemistry and bio-economy may be, bringing them to market is fraught with challenges. Two recent collaborative efforts, TexKoMBZ and TextESys, thoroughly investigated how to develop components for these complex systems.
There has been a long tradition of hydrogen and fuel cell use in spaceflight programs. But it is a little-known fact that the U.S. Army, too, has been developing fuel cell devices for multiple applications. Could its efforts translate into a first-mover advantage and give the market the boost it needs? Here’s a look at how “America First” could be a blessing for fuel cells.
After exhibiting a prototype at Hannover Messe this year, the German Aerospace Center, also known as DLR, has announced plans to make its hydrogen-driven cargo bike available on the market. Reportedly, a startup named Rytle, which sells all-electric bicycles called MovR, will be testing fuel cell versions this fall. Alexander Preuschoff, of Rytle, told H2-international, “We’ll present a more advanced vehicle at the IAA.”