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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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CAPSTONE GREEN ENERGY SECURES 1.6 MW FOLLOW-ON ORDER IN MEXICO
Monday, June 27, 2022
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VAN NUYS, Calif. -- Capstone Green Energy Corp. has received a follow-on order for two signature series microturbines totaling 1.6 megawatts (MWs) for a leading bottling and packaging solutions provider in Mexico. The C1000S and C600S microturbines will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application. DTC Solutions, Capstone's exclusive distributor for Mexico and Central America, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned before the end of the year.

“It’s always an honor to me when our customers place follow-on orders with us as it’s the truest testament to our value proposition and the performance of our valued distributors like DTC Solutions,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Operating Officer of Capstone Green Energy. “Working with our distributors to help customers meet the evolving clean energy market demands and the shifting energy landscape, is our fundamental strength and what we strive to do day-in and day-out,” concluded Jamison.

The natural gas-fueled microturbines will be installed at the industrial manufacturer’s Guadalajara facility and are intended to provide 24/7 reliable and continuous electrical power and thermal energy for the plant. The clean exhaust will be used to feed a hot water exchanger with preheated boilers. The innovative heating process has helped the plant reduce energy costs, improve efficiency, and reduce on-site emissions.

The order will lead to energy consumption savings of approximately 62% and is estimated to have an impressive return on investment (ROI) of approximately three years, according to DTC Solutions internal calculations.

“These efficiency improvements directly translate to significantly lower energy costs and higher profit margins for our customers in Mexico,” said Alejandro Muñoz, President of DTC Solutions. “As utility rates continue to rise, manufacturers are opting to take matters into their own hands by adopting energy-efficient solutions like Capstone microturbine systems to increase resiliency and lower their carbon footprint,” concluded Muñoz.

Utilizing the heat by-product from a microturbine allows operators to reduce emissions and save added costs that would otherwise be required to produce heat or steam in a separate unit. While traditional electricity from the grid with coal and gas-fired plants produces power at 33% efficiency, Capstone CHP systems can reach efficiencies of more than 80%.

The order includes a 10-year Factory Protection Plan (FPP), a long-term service contract. Capstone's innovative FPP is a comprehensive maintenance program designed to give financial peace of mind to microturbine customers by providing product life cycle costs at a fixed rate for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the life of the microturbine system.

Source:  Capstone Green Energy
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CAPSTONE GREEN ENERGY SECURES 1.6 MW FOLLOW-ON ORDER IN MEXICO
Monday, June 27, 2022
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.Source: Capstone Green Energy


Source: Capstone Green Energy


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VAN NUYS, Calif. -- Capstone Green Energy Corp. has received a follow-on order for two signature series microturbines totaling 1.6 megawatts (MWs) for a leading bottling and packaging solutions provider in Mexico. The C1000S and C600S microturbines will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application. DTC Solutions, Capstone's exclusive distributor for Mexico and Central America, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned before the end of the year.

“It’s always an honor to me when our customers place follow-on orders with us as it’s the truest testament to our value proposition and the performance of our valued distributors like DTC Solutions,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Operating Officer of Capstone Green Energy. “Working with our distributors to help customers meet the evolving clean energy market demands and the shifting energy landscape, is our fundamental strength and what we strive to do day-in and day-out,” concluded Jamison.

The natural gas-fueled microturbines will be installed at the industrial manufacturer’s Guadalajara facility and are intended to provide 24/7 reliable and continuous electrical power and thermal energy for the plant. The clean exhaust will be used to feed a hot water exchanger with preheated boilers. The innovative heating process has helped the plant reduce energy costs, improve efficiency, and reduce on-site emissions.

The order will lead to energy consumption savings of approximately 62% and is estimated to have an impressive return on investment (ROI) of approximately three years, according to DTC Solutions internal calculations.

“These efficiency improvements directly translate to significantly lower energy costs and higher profit margins for our customers in Mexico,” said Alejandro Muñoz, President of DTC Solutions. “As utility rates continue to rise, manufacturers are opting to take matters into their own hands by adopting energy-efficient solutions like Capstone microturbine systems to increase resiliency and lower their carbon footprint,” concluded Muñoz.

Utilizing the heat by-product from a microturbine allows operators to reduce emissions and save added costs that would otherwise be required to produce heat or steam in a separate unit. While traditional electricity from the grid with coal and gas-fired plants produces power at 33% efficiency, Capstone CHP systems can reach efficiencies of more than 80%.

The order includes a 10-year Factory Protection Plan (FPP), a long-term service contract. Capstone's innovative FPP is a comprehensive maintenance program designed to give financial peace of mind to microturbine customers by providing product life cycle costs at a fixed rate for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the life of the microturbine system.

Source:  Capstone Green Energy
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