In April, Viessmann, a family-owned business based in Allendorf, Germany, started selling two new and improved generations of Vitovalor systems. PT2 is a whole-home solution for single-family and duplex houses. The space-saving unit has two components, a gas condensing boiler, integrated with a fuel cell, and a 220-liter tank, both with a matching height of 1.8 meters, or 5.9 feet. The boiler capacity ranges from 11.4 to 30.8 kilowatts. The unit has a minimum service life of 80,000 hours and requires maintenance only every five years.
A completely energy-independent home: a vision that some customers feel has so far not been easy to implement. What could change their opinion is the world’s first-ever off-grid multifamily property in Brütten, near Zurich in Switzerland. Since 2016, it has provided tenants with on-site gas and electricity, for both apartments and vehicles.
A planned eco-friendly residential development in Bedburg near Cologne will see the installation of fuel cells to meet residents’ heating needs. In a collaborative project between the city, energy corporation RWE Power and manufacturer Viessmann, eight homes in Bedburg’s Königshoven district will be equipped with state-of-the-art heating units.
The repurposing of the old Fliegerhorst airbase in Oldenburg, Germany, offers the unique chance to develop a smart city concept that can later be applied to similar communities and cities across Germany and Europe. One part of the airbase, altogether 3.9 hectares, or 9.6 acres, has been designated a living laboratory
When discussing current advances in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, people often start by talking about transportation, along with success and failure in the automotive industry (see Cautious or clueless? and Fuel cells certain to gain traction after 2025). In the past several months, however, other applications have begun to move into focus.
Orkney, a group of sparsely populated islands in northern Scotland, will soon become the site for a whole systems installation to test a hydrogen supply chain. The project about producing, storing, delivering and utilizing the gas in heat and electricity production, as well as transportation, was inaugurated May 15 through 16, 2018, in Kirkwall.
IPHE, the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, was set up in 2003 to expedite the transition to clean and efficient energy and transportation systems based on fuel cells and hydrogen, or FCH. As an intergovernmental organization, it offers a global platform for discussing policies, initiatives, technological advances
Hannover Messe’s show about electric transportation painted an all-too-familiar picture, with Hyundai and Toyota bringing fuel cell cars to market and German automakers being as cautious as ever. A good example was Daimler, whose employee at the H2 Mobility booth wasn’t allowed to go into much detail when asked about the corporation’s electric vehicle strategy.
H2M: Yes, it is. Moreover, it is essential. To employ a bit of hyperbole, H2 Mobility will have fulfilled its mission when it has been made redundant because enough other market players have taken over the tasks of planning
Germany’s network of hydrogen stations is growing slowly but steadily. This brings to the forefront a whole range of issues that need to be solved. Some are technological or logistical in nature; others are conceptual. At Hannover Messe, attendees and exhibitors could be heard discussing questions of site selection, funding approval and station management.