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ROLLS-ROYCE TO DEVELOP MTU HYDROGEN ELECTROLYZER AND INVEST IN HOELLER ELECTROLYZER
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
LONDON -- Rolls-Royce is entering the hydrogen production market and acquiring a 54% majority stake in electrolysis stack specialist Hoeller Electrolyzer, whose innovative technology will form the basis of a new range of mtu electrolyzer products from its Power Systems division. Hoeller Electrolyzer, based in Wismar, Germany, is an early-stage technology company that is developing highly efficient polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) stacks, under the brand name Prometheus, for the cost-effective production of hydrogen.

Hydrogen is an increasingly attractive power source to fuel the green energy transition and demand for ‘green’ hydrogen – whose production creates no CO2 – is expected to rise significantly. It is needed for fuel cells and hydrogen engines, for the production of synthetic ‘drop-in’ fuels and for industrial processes that currently use hydrogen that is not created in a carbon neutral process. Consequently, high-performance electrolyzers are a key component of any hydrogen system.

Dr. Otto Preiss, COO and Chief Technology Officer, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “By developing our own mtu electrolyzers and by taking a majority stake in Hoeller Electrolyzers, we are methodically growing our hydrogen portfolio and securing access to this fascinating technology, which is not a pipe dream but has great market potential. This will enable us to supply complete hydrogen solutions and make a significant contribution to protecting the climate. Our complete hydrogen solutions will enable customers to store renewably produced energy in the form of hydrogen for use as and when required, or for further processing or onward sale.”

In hydrogen electrolysis, water is subjected to DC electrical current, producing hydrogen at the negative pole and oxygen at the positive pole. In this way, it is possible to produce carbon-neutral hydrogen by using electricity from renewable sources such as solar or wind. The electrochemical reaction takes place in a cell between plate-shaped electrodes separated by membranes. Hundreds of cells located one above the other and pressed together form a 'stack', the heart of an electrolyzer.

Founded in 2016, Hoeller Electrolyzer has positioned itself, with Prometheus, as one of the few highly specialized expert players in the field of high-efficiency PEM electrolysis stacks. Its founder, Stefan Höller, has more than a quarter of a century’s experience of developing electrolysis technology and has already registered 14 patents connected with Prometheus. Particularly high efficiency is promised by special surface technologies for the bipolar plates which significantly reduce the use of expensive precious metals platinum and iridium as catalysts, as well as increased output pressure.

Stefan Höller, Managing Director, Hoeller Electrolyzer, said: “Our stack is going to produce hydrogen at a price not previously thought possible.”

Rolls-Royce and Hoeller Electrolyzer are united by a shared belief in the opportunity of zero-carbon energy – both for power supply and the propulsion of heavy vehicles. With decades of experience and systems expertise, Rolls-Royce is going to develop a complete electrolyzer system and has a global sales and service network, which opens up the potential for significant worldwide sales.

Matthias Kramer, CFO and Joint Managing Director, Hoeller Electrolyzer, said: “In Rolls-Royce, not only have we found an important customer for our stacks, we've also secured an ideal partner and supporter who shares our vision of putting stacks into full production.”

Development work on the first mtu electrolyzer using a stack from Hoeller Electrolyzer is already underway. In 2023, it will go into operation at the Validation Center in Friedrichshafen to demonstrate how an electrolyzer fits into the overall architecture of a microgrid. An initial customer project is already planned for 2024.

Armin Fürderer, who heads up the Net Zero Solutions business unit of Power Systems, said: “We're going to launch electrolyzers with several megawatts of power right from the start. A total output of over 100 megawatts is conceivable by combining several electrolyzers.”

The equity in Hoeller Electrolyzer now held by Rolls-Royce comes from departing minority shareholders and from an increase in share capital. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. Stefan Höller and Matthias Kramer will continue to lead Hoeller Electrolyzer as a standalone company, with the goal of building a leading international stack manufacturer.

Source:  Rolls-Royce
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SAFRAN EXPANDING NACELLE MANUFACTURING SITE IN MOROCCO
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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PARIS -- Safran Nacelles Morocco has begun an expansion of its aircraft nacelles production site in Casablanca, Morocco. The facility extension of nearly 6,000 square meters (64,583 square feet) is dedicated to the production of nacelles for the Gulfstream G700 and G800 business aircraft. Safran said that its industrial development plan will allow an increase in production rates of nacelles for customers.

Safran has invested 115 million dirhams (EUR11 million) in the Casablanca site. It has become Safran's reference site in Morocco, supporting the company's ambition to digitalize its production processes and reduce its environmental footprint. The site has doubled its clean-room surface dedicated to the manufacture of composite materials from 1,800 square meters (19,375 square feet) to 3,600 square meters (38,750 square feet).

In order to help reduce Safran's CO2 emissions by 30 percent from 2025, the site is now equipped with a power plant, whose energy will be supplied by 3,000 photovoltaic panels installed on the new extension as well as on the site's carport. It will produce 20 percent of the site's electricity. Safran said that, once the power plant is operational in August 2022, it will save 2,000 tons of CO2 each year.

Olivier Andries, Safran CEO, said, "I am delighted to inaugurate this extension, which confirms Safran's commitment to sustainably develop its presence in Morocco. Innovation to help decarbonize our industry and operational excellence are key assets to our customers. That is why the group's base in the kingdom is strategic; we know that we can rely on the Moroccan authorities and highly qualified personnel thanks to our partnership with the Institute of Aeronautics Trades (IMA)."

Safran Nacelles Morocco was established in March 2005. It specializes in the manufacture of composite materials and the assembly of nacelles, air inlets, engine cowls, thrust reversers, and their subassemblies.

Source:  Safran Nacelles

 
STANDARDAERO INDUCTS 1,000TH HTF7000 SERIES ENGINE
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- StandardAero’s Business Aviation team recently inducted its 1,000th Honeywell HTF7000 series engine into their Augusta, GA facility, the first to achieve this significant milestone in support of the engine series. StandardAero is the industry’s first and only OEM-authorized independent, heavy MRO provider for this engine model and has performed more HTF7000 major events than any other company in the industry.

Over the past three years, the company has continued to invest in efforts to grow HTF7000 services, expanding its test cell capability and tooling as well as improving turn-around-times for customers. HTF7000 series engines are designed for on-condition maintenance which can help operators minimize risk and disruption to flight schedules due to unexpected engine repairs by conducting regularly scheduled borescope inspections. StandardAero also owns the industry’s largest HTF7000 series engine rental bank where engine removal and replacement can be performed by StandardAero’s geographically dispersed Mobile Services Teams on-site for customers or at the company’s Augusta facility, where HTF7000 series engines are routinely serviced.

The HTF7000 is the engine of choice for a wide variety of business aviation aircraft in the mid-size and super mid-size categories such as the Bombardier Challenger 300 & 350, the Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 and Praetor 500 and 600, the Gulfstream G280 and the Cessna Citation Longitude.

StandardAero Augusta site employees celebrated the 1,000th engine accomplishment with a catered lunch and ceremony, which included invited guests from Honeywell Aerospace.

Source:  StandardAero
Associated URL: standardaero.com

 

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