September 14 + 15, 2021
Stuttgart, Germany
Robert Bosch GmbH

Robert Bosch GmbH

Booth No. 10, Eyth-Saal

Borsigstr. 4
70469 Stuttgart
Germany

www.bosch.com/stories/sofc-system/

*Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) - The power of future generation starts today* The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. We are currently experiencing paradigm shifts that are both economic and social – fueled above all by continuing digitalization and by tangible climate change. These enormous challenges can only be met by venturing off the beaten path and pursuing approaches marked by creativity – and responsibility. With innovations sparked by inspiration, based on technological excellence, and characterized by reliability, we are shaping the future of business, society, and technology. Regarding hydrogen technology Bosch is currently working on the stationary and mobile fuel cell system. Stationary fuel cell system For Bosch, sustainability means securing the company’s long-term success while at the same time protecting the natural environment for future generations. Ecology is thus a driver of innovation. One of those innovations is the stationary solid-oxide fuel-cell system (SOFC). Stationary solid-oxide fuel-cell systems are a key component in the energy mix of the future. The small, decentralized power stations generate electricity and heat from biogas, natural gas, or hydrogen. With a rating higher than 60 percent, the SOFC is indeed the front-runner when it comes to electrical efficiency. In fact, its overall efficiency climbs to over 85 percent when the generated heat is put to productive use. A single SOFC system generates 10 kW of power, which is enough to provide more than 20 four-person households with all the electricity they need. It delivers around 87,000 kWh of electrical power a year. A cross-divisional project team is working hard to develop this promising technology, and has been doing so since 2019. A promising market, in which Bosch places great hopes and plans to start full-scale production for the SOFC systems in 2024. Mobile fuel cell system Mobile fuel cells offer long ranges and short refueling times. Where they really come into their own is on long-haul routes and in commercial vehicles. With green hydrogen, fuel cells enable vehicles to be operated CO2-free. Bosch develops all the key system components to production readiness – including complete systems. For the stack, which converts hydrogen and ambient oxygen into electrical energy, the company is working with the Swedish specialist Powercell. Large-scale manufacturing of the stack is set to begin in 2022, and the launch of the complete fuel-cell system – the Bosch fuel-cell power module – is scheduled for 2023. At its various production locations in Bamberg, Feuerbach, Homburg, and Wuxi, Bosch is also driving forward the industrialization of the fuel cell.

Product Highlights:

Bosch strives to become a leading OEM in stationary fuel cell systems based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. These highly efficient and emission-free systems are to be used in cities, industries, commerce and trade, data centers, and in the area of electric charging or critical infrastructure, among others. SOFC systems generate electricity with an efficiency of more than 60% and have an overall efficiency of more than 85%, with additional use of the generated heat. For the series ramp-up in 2024, mass manufacturing facilities will be set up in several Bosch locations. The fuel cells and stacks are produced in Bamberg, the hot box is manufactured in Homburg, fuel cell control unit is fabricated in Salzgitter and final assembly takes place in Wernau. As part of the pioneering project, various SOFC systems are already running under "real-life" conditions at Bosch sites, such as in Bamberg, Homburg, Feuerbach, Renningen, Salzgitter, Schwieberdingen, and Wernau. Bosch has started real-life operation of a stationary fuel cell with Stadtwerke Bamberg at the beginning of 2021. At the central bus station, the SOFC system produces electricity and heat in an urban quarter. In addition, nearly 100 SOFC systems will go into commission on the customer side this year. The annual production output will reach ~200 megawatts with start of production. This requires a strong EU-wide supplier network for main components. The project is already working with >35 key suppliers (SMEs) to assemble prototypes. The heart of the SOFC system is a disruptive technology for metal-supported ceramic fuel cells. Several hundred fuel cells are stacked to form a so-called fuel cell stack. The stacks are installed together in a hotbox. This as well as an air supply and gas supply, an electronic control and an exhaust system form a SOFC unit. Main properties of a SOFC system are: • Future-oriented: electricity production with fuel cell units based on solid oxide fuel cell technology • Best in class: more than 60% electrical efficiency and overall efficiency of more than 85% when using the generated heat • Flexible: operation with hydrogen, biogas, ecogas, natural gas or any mixtures possible • Tailor-made: reliable and scalable power plants out from Bosch production • Environmental-friendly: noiseless and down to zero emissions • Modular and connected: A swarm of SOFC devices can be interlinked to a virtual power plant with power output in a megawatt range • Digital Twin concept: Artificial Intelligence improves engineering, manufacturing, customer usage and service • IoT-Device: As a fully integrated IoT-device, SOFC units offer digital services like online software updates or maintenance within a digital business model. ‘The future of power generation starts today’ - Since the SOFC system can be operated with natural gas, it is already applicable today, which allows a market access via an existing gas infrastructure. This will contribute effectively to the energy transition toward renewable energy sources with hydrogen admixtures tomorrow and with pure hydrogen in the future. Bosch is positioning itself clearly as a systems supplier for stationary fuel cells with its own value creation in the cell and stack segment. In May 2021, the BMWi and BMVI selected Bosch as one of 62 (out of more than 230) large-scale hydrogen projects to receive government funding totaling EUR 8 billion as part of a joint European hydrogen project (known as an Important Project of Common European Interest, IPCEI). Fuel Cell Power Module The scalable fuel cell power module is a fuel cell system that generates electricity from hydrogen in vehicles. It is primarily used in commercial vehicles, especially in long-distance applications. The system comprises a fuel cell stack and the fuel cell submodules, such as those for hydrogen and air, which are required for the stack to operate. Main benefits: - systems supplier: providing fuel cell systems from a single source - profound expertise and practical experience of integrating fuel cell systems into vehicles - scalable thanks to a modular design - compact design enables easy integration into existing vehicle platforms Link: https://www.bosch-mobility-solutions.com/en/solutions/powertrain/fuel-cell-electric/fuel-cell-power-module/

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