BOSCH IS JOINING THE PUSH FOR A HYDROGEN ECONOMY
Bosch is taking its experience and expertise and making it available to partners and customers
Bosch says it is playing a prominent role in the establishment of a hydrogen economy and actively supporting the move to alternative energy.
“On the path to a climate-neutral future, we have to make it possible for energy-intensive industries to shift to renewables. Hydrogen will be a key element in security of supply,” says Rolf Najork, the Bosch management board member responsible for industrial technology and the company’s Manufacturing Technology Chief.
Bosch says it can offer the technology needed for hydrogen use in various sectors. The company is developing fuel cells for mobile and stationary applications, equipping hydrogen filling stations with compressors, and producing hydrogen in its own plants.
In addition, Bosch plans to enter the electrolyzer components business.
“We are getting hydrogen-based technologies out of the laboratory and into industrial practice – onto the roads and into factories,” Rolf said.
Through a newly established project unit, Bosch is making its hydrogen expertise available for
other companies and recently presented its hydrogen activities at Hannover Messe from May 30 to June 2.
In its Industry 4.0 lead plant in Homburg, Germany, Bosch is demonstrating what a hydrogen cycle may look like in the factory of the future.
Using renewable energy, an electrolyzer produces green hydrogen. This hydrogen will then be used for manufacturing operations and mobility, with fuel-cell vehicles refueling with the hydrogen that Bosch technology has already compressed.
By the end of the decade, Bosch aims to invest up to 500 million euros into the volume production and marketing of the core component of hydrogen electrolysis: the stack.
Bosch hopes to launch its smart modules in 2025.
For industrial processes, a stationary fuel cell developed by Bosch converts hydrogen into heat and electricity. Energy flows in the plant are controlled in line with demand, using Bosch Industry 4.0 software.
The Energy Platform is already being used in more than 120 of the company’s plants. Manufacturing operations account for some 90 percent of Bosch’s global energy consumption.
A solution developed by Bosch Rexroth and Maximator Hydrogen for compressing hydrogen for filling stations, storage tanks, and pipelines is also to be trailed at the Homburg plant.
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