PowerCell Sweden receives fuel cell power system order from Australia
Swedish hydrogen fuel cell technology developers PowerCell Sweden AB (PowerCell) has announced that it has received an order for a PowerCell MS-100 fuel cell system from the Australian company ENGV for delivery during the first quarter of 2021. The system will be used in a stationary hydrogen power installation as part of Australia’s first hydrogen stationary power demonstration plant in Denham, Western Australia (WA).
The hybrid solar and hydrogen power system, which is a project being developed by Horizon Power, will test the technical capability of hydrogen as a dispatchable power source in remote microgrids.
The project has received funding from both the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Western Australian Government. PowerCell’s order, the value of which has not been disclosed, is a supplier to Horizon Power.
The plant comprises a 704 kW solar farm, a 348 kW electrolyzer for the production of hydrogen, a compressor, and tanks for storage of the produced hydrogen. The 100 kW MS-100 fuel cell system from PowerCell will use the stored hydrogen to power both the electrolyzer and produce heat and electricity.
To support the use of hydrogen as energy and for the storage of energy, Australia launched a National Hydrogen Strategy in 2019. The strategy was presented in November and aims to position the domestic hydrogen industry as a major player by 2030.
To kickstart Australia’s emerging hydrogen industry the federal government has then established a new AU$300 million fund to invest in the industry.
Australia sees the huge potential in hydrogen and is making great efforts to establish a hydrogen-based and fully sustainable energy system. Australia has excellent conditions for producing hydrogen and has also the ambition to become both self-sufficient and a net exporter, said Karin Nilsson, CEO of PowerCell Sweden.