Rolls-Royce and Daimler Truck

Cooperation on stationary fuel cell systems

27. Mai 2020, 12:51 Uhr   |  Irina Hübner

Cooperation on stationary fuel cell systems
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The PEM fuel cell is constructed like a sandwich. In the middle there is a thin plastic foil, the »Proton Exchange Membrane« or PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane).

Daimler Truck and Rolls Royce are cooperating on the CO2-neutral emergency power supply of safety-critical facilities such as data centers with stationary fuel cell generators. The aim is to create emission-free alternatives to the diesel engines used so far.

Daimler Truck and the British technology group Rolls-Royce have signed a corresponding letter of intent. A comprehensive cooperation agreement is to be drawn up by the end of the year.

As recently as April of this year, Daimler Truck concluded a preliminary, non-binding agreement with the Volvo Group to establish a new joint venture for the development, production and marketing of fuel cell systems for use in heavy commercial vehicles and other fields of application that are ready for series production. Rolls-Royce's Power Systems division now intends to use the fuel cell systems from the planned joint venture and Daimler's expertise in this field for the emergency power generators of the MTU product and solution brand for data centers which it develops and sells.

»For Daimler Truck, fuel cell systems play a decisive role in achieving CO2-neutral transportation - complementary to battery electric drives. This is why we intend to set up a joint venture with the Volvo Group. With the agreement now concluded for stationary fuel cell systems, we are already demonstrating very concrete opportunities for the commercialization of this technology through the joint venture,« said Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler.

»Computer centers are the nodes of the global information and communication network, whose vital importance is particularly clear in these difficult days and whose operation must therefore be reliably safeguarded. The same applies to other safety-critical systems. Under our MTU brand, we develop customized solutions for their individual, complex, increasing energy requirements. The decarbonization of propulsion and energy supply is one of our central strategic goals and the fuel cell will play a key role in this,« says Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Stationary applications possible earlier

Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group plan to offer heavy fuel cell commercial vehicles for demanding and heavy long-distance haulage in series production in the second half of the decade. The fuel cell systems for stationary applications, on the other hand, can be produced in series by the planned joint venture at an earlier stage, as the specific requirements for use in public road traffic will no longer apply.  

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