(29 June 2022, 10:41 +07)
Rolls-Royce has acquired a 54% majority stake in electrolysis stack
specialist Hoeller Electrolyzer, whose revolutionary expertise will
type the premise of a brand new vary of mtu electrolyzer merchandise from
its Energy Programs division.

Hoeller Electrolyzer, based mostly in Wismar,
Germany, is an early-stage expertise firm that’s growing
polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) stacks, underneath
the model title Prometheus, for the cost-effective manufacturing of

Hydrogen is an more and more enticing energy
supply to gasoline the inexperienced vitality transition and demand for ‘inexperienced’
hydrogen – whose manufacturing creates no CO2 – is anticipated to rise
considerably. It’s wanted for gasoline cells and hydrogen engines,
for the manufacturing of artificial ‘drop-in’ fuels and for industrial
processes that at the moment use hydrogen that isn’t created in a
carbon impartial course of. Consequently, high-performance electrolyzers are a key element of any hydrogen system.

From left: Dr. Otto Preiss, COO of Rolls-Royce's Power Systems Division; Armin Fürderer - Power Systems' Head of Net Zero Solutions Business Unit; Stefan Höller - Founder and Head of Development of Hoeller; and Matthias Kramer, Joint Head - Hoeller Electrolyzer. Click to enlarge.

From left: Dr. Otto Preiss, Armin Fürderer, Stefan Höller and Matthias Kramer

Dr. Otto Preiss, COO and Chief Know-how Officer, Rolls-Royce
Energy Programs, stated, “By growing our personal mtu electrolyzers and
by taking a majority stake in Hoeller Electrolyzers, we’re
methodically rising our hydrogen portfolio and securing entry to
this fascinating expertise, which isn’t a pipe dream however has
nice market potential. It will allow us to produce full
hydrogen options and make a major contribution to
defending the local weather. Our full hydrogen options will
allow prospects to retailer renewably produced vitality within the type of
hydrogen to be used as and when required, or for additional processing
or onward sale.”

In hydrogen electrolysis, water is
subjected to DC electrical present, producing hydrogen on the
detrimental pole and oxygen on the constructive pole. On this manner, it’s
attainable to supply carbon-neutral hydrogen through the use of electrical energy
from renewable sources corresponding to photo voltaic or wind. The electrochemical
response takes place in a cell between plate-shaped electrodes
separated by membranes. Lots of of cells situated one above the
different and pressed collectively type a ‘stack’, the guts of an electrolyzer.

Based in 2016, Hoeller Electrolyzer has
positioned itself, with Prometheus, as one of many few extremely
specialised knowledgeable gamers within the area of high-efficiency PEM
electrolysis stacks. Its founder, Stefan Höller, has greater than a
quarter of a century’s expertise of growing electrolysis expertise and has already registered 14 patents linked with
Prometheus. Notably excessive effectivity is promised by particular
floor applied sciences for the bipolar plates which considerably
scale back using costly treasured metals platinum and iridium
as catalysts, in addition to elevated output strain.

Höller, Managing Director, Hoeller Electrolyzer, stated, “Our stack
goes to supply hydrogen at a worth not beforehand thought

Rolls-Royce and Hoeller Electrolyzer are united
by a shared perception within the alternative of zero-carbon vitality – each
for energy provide and the propulsion of heavy automobiles. With
a long time of expertise and programs experience, Rolls-Royce goes
to develop an entire electrolyzer system and has a worldwide gross sales
and repair community, which opens up the potential for vital
worldwide gross sales.

Improvement work on
the primary mtu electrolyzer utilizing a stack from Hoeller Electrolyzer
is already underway. In 2023, it would go into operation on the
Validation Heart in Friedrichshafen to exhibit how an electrolyzer suits into the general structure of a microgrid. An
preliminary buyer venture is already deliberate for 2024.

Fürderer, who heads up the Web Zero Options enterprise unit of
Energy Programs, stated, “We’ll launch electrolyzers with
a number of megawatts of energy proper from the beginning. A complete output of
over 100 megawatts is conceivable by combining a number of electrolyzers.”

The fairness in Hoeller Electrolyzer now held by
Rolls-Royce comes from departing minority shareholders and from an
enhance in share capital.

Stefan Höller and Matthias Kramer will
proceed to steer Hoeller Electrolyzer as a standalone firm,
with the objective of constructing a number one worldwide stack

Monetary particulars of the transaction haven’t been disclosed.

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