Robert Bosch GmbH
Booth No. 10, Eyth-Saal
*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.