Economies of scale achievable quickly

Claus Möhlenkamp
Claus Möhlenkamp, © Freudenberg

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST) is regarded as one of the pioneers of fuel cell technology, at least in Germany. The globally active seal manufacturer is one of those automotive suppliers who see the far-reaching changes in the mobility sector as an opportunity. With the purchase of battery manufacturer XALT Energy and parts of FC supplier Elcore in 2018, the basis was laid.

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Batteries for passenger cars – Fuel cells for trucks

The designers of the HDC-6-NEPTUNE Concept were inspired by the Streamliner Railway (1936-1959).
Design of the HDC-6-NEPTUNE Concept, inspired by the Streamliner Railway, © Hyundai Motor

Two years ago, the interest of German truck manufacturers and freight forwarders in fuel cells was extremely low. It’s different today. Almost all logistics companies are now in some way concerned with the question of what fuel their vehicles will be powered by in the future.

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An entrepreneur who is doing something

Jan-Justus Schmidt explains the completed Microgrid.
Jan-Justus Schmidt explains the completed Microgrid.

Sebastian-Justus Schmidt is not only an unusual name. The man with that name is also an extraordinary person – and he does things that are anything but ordinary. In October 2019 sent out invitations to Thailand so that he could present his idea of a microgrid, a small, self-sufficient energy supply system.

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f-cell attracts numerous suppliers

H2 race provides for publicity
H2 race provides for publicity.

On September 10 and 11, 2019, the f-cell took place in Stuttgart for the 19th time, and as one could undoubtedly observe, the event has changed fundamentally over the years. After the focus on the trade fair in the meantime, the symposium is now more in the spotlight again.

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Hydrogen and WindEnergy

Where is the best place to demonstrate how hydrogen and wind power technology can grow together in the future? Northern Germany is certainly predestined for this. This is why Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH with its WindEnergy has now set a clear course for offering both technologies a common platform at the world’s leading trade fair for wind power.

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Balancing act between commercialisation and project business

FC output delivered annually by application type 2015 to 2019 (megawatts) (f: 2019 includes a projection for the fourth quarter (forecast))
FC output delivered annually by application

The new Fuel Cell Industry Review 2019 with market data and analyses was published in January 2020. Since 2014, E4tech’s team has been contacting fuel cell companies worldwide to build it, aggregating their supply figures and creating an independent annual reference point on the current state of the fuel cell industry. Some excerpts are presented below.

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Growth and strengthening

A. Steinau, J. Starr, S. Beck (from left to right)
A. Steinau, J. Starr, S. Beck (from left to right), © CEP

At the annual meeting of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) at the end of 2019, a new management trio came together. Jörg Starr of Audi, who was recently elected Chairman of the Board, was joined by two Co-Chairs: Stefanie Beck from Toyota and André Steinau from GP Joule.

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