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Blue World Technologies begins methanol fuel cell production

Danish methanol fuel cell technology developer Blue World Technologies ApS has begun limited production of its fuel cells as the first step in the commercialization of its automotive fuel cell technology.

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Blue World Technologies automotive methanol fuel cell (MFC) platform. The production plant in the Port of Aalborg, Denmark will primarily focus on the key fuel cell components such as bipolar plates, membranes, and electrodes.

In September 2019, Blue World Technologies held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the construction start just a year after the company’s establishment, the construction of production facilities for Blue World Technologies was paused due to construction difficulties just a few weeks before the construction was planned to begin.

That resulted in a plan B, and Blue World Technologies quickly adapted and continued the path of developing new production methods and optimizing processes. Now the company is starting a limited methanol fuel cell production as the first step in commercializing the technology.

One of the most crucial elements we have been working on these past two years is bringing down the production time and costs of the fuel cell components. We have now reached a point which enables us to move one step closer towards commercialising the technology to be able to compete with conventional technologies, said Anders Korsgaard, CEO and Co-founder of Blue World Technologies.

Staggered steps towards commercialization

In less than two years since its founding in October 2018, Blue World Technologies has managed to build up a solid order book that reflects the market demand in the methanol fuel cell (MFC) technology. The limited production that has now been started allows Blue World Technologies to deliver systems and components to customers as an initiating step towards scaling up the production.

The experience gained from the limited production will be used in the continued optimization of production methods and processes as the company will move onto serial production of 2 000 to 5 000 units. Blue World Technologies is expected to continue upscaling the production with an aim to reach a full-scale commercial production capacity of 50 000 fuel cell units within three years.

There is an increased focus on Power-to-X and there is a big market demand for alternative technologies providing CO2 reduction, which we also see in both our current order books but also in the initiated dialogues we have with potential customers. Starting this initial production now allows us to progress with development and trial projects with customers, explained Mads Friis Jensen, CCO, and Co-founder of Blue World Technologies.

Retiring the combustion engine

According to the company, the methanol fuel cell technology has great potential in several markets such as maritime, heavy-duty, stationary, and passenger vehicles. Blue World Technologies has a partnership approach to fully leverage the potential of these markets.

As a green and clean alternative to combustion engines and diesel generators the methanol fuel cell technology provides multiple benefits such as cost-savings, carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction – or even a CO2 neutral operation when running on green methanol – as well as zero harmful emissions.

A methanol fuel cell (MFC) installed in a vehicle.

The fuel cells run on methanol which is an easy-to-use e-fuel as it is liquid at atmospheric pressure making refueling convenient and makes it possible to integrate and reuse in the world’s existing infrastructure.

Methanol is a fuel that can be produced from green sources and is CO2 neutral in a well-to-wheel perspective. Therefore, it is a solid alternative to fossil fuel and can contribute to the green transition in multiple industries and sectors around the world.

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