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Bosch brings hydrogen-based technology to the streets and in factories

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Auto supplier Bosch wants to advance the development of the hydrogen economy. Among other things with fuel cells for mobile and stationary applications.

Hydrogen filling station

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Bosch is aggressively driving the development of the hydrogen economy: “On the way to a climate-neutral future, we must enable energy-intensive industries to switch to renewable energies. Hydrogen has become an essential component of supply security,” explains Bosch Board Member Rolf Nagork, who is responsible for Industrial technology and head of production in the company.

According to the press release, Bosch offers technology for the use of hydrogen in various sectors: the company develops fuel cells for mobile and stationary applications, equips hydrogen filling stations with compressors and produces hydrogen in its own plants.

In addition, Bosch plans to enter the components business for electrolyzers. “We are bringing hydrogen-based technologies from the lab to industrial reality — on the streets and in factories,” says Najorek. With a newly built project house, Bosch now wants to make its hydrogen expertise available to other companies.

ko2Neutral production: the first hydrogen cycle in Homburg

At its flagship Industry 4.0 plant in Homburg, Bosch is showing what the plant’s hydrogen cycle could look like in the future: The electrolyzer produces green hydrogen from renewable energy. This is then used for production and transportation: Fuel cell vehicles are filled with hydrogen, which has been previously compressed with technology from Bosch. For industrial processes, the stationary fuel cell developed by Bosch converts hydrogen into heat and electricity.

Bosch Board of Directors (from left): Rolf Nagork, member of the Board of Directors of the Bosch Group;  Christian Fischer, Vice President, Robert Bosch GmbH;  Stefan Hartung, Chairman, Robert Bosch GmbH;  Markus Hein, Bosch Group Board Member;  Feliz Albrecht, member of the Board of Directors of the Bosch Group and Marcus Fürschner, member of the Board of Directors of the Bosch Group.

h2Gas stations: Bosch and Maximator Hydrogen collaborate

Bosch Rexroth and Maximator Hydrogen have developed a hydrogen compression system for filling stations, storage facilities and pipelines, which will also be tested at the Homburg plant. By 2030, Bosch Rexroth and Maximator Hydrogen want to provide the technology for 4,000 hydrogen filling stations. Every third H.2Gas stations around the world must have Bosch components.

Decentralized Electricity Production: Fuel Cells to Secure Supply

Stationary solid oxide fuel cells can help secure the fluctuating availability of renewable energies. Decentralized “micropower plants” are used flexibly at the point of consumption. A total of more than 50 Bosch stationary fuel cells are already in operation on our own sites or at customers. Each of these systems is connected to the Internet of Things. Data flows to the cloud over the entire life cycle of fuel cells. Digital twins are created to monitor individual devices in real time.

Bosch wants to start serial production of stationary fuel cells in 2024. The production site will be located at Bosch’s sites in Bamberg, Homburg and Vernau. In addition, Bosch plans to introduce solid oxide fuel cells to the Chinese market with Chinese auto supplier Weichai and its partner Ceres Power.

At the Bosch plant in Homburg, the electrolyzer produces 20 tons of green hydrogen per year using energy from the photovoltaic system.
At the Bosch plant in Homburg, the electrolyzer produces 20 tons of green hydrogen per year using energy from the photovoltaic system.

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Hydrogen production: Bosch enters the electrolysis business

According to Bosch, it also intends to participate in the development of components for electrolyzers. In these systems, water is converted into hydrogen and oxygen in a chemical reaction using electricity. By the end of the decade, Bosch plans to invest up to 500 million euros in the manufacture and marketing of chimneys, the core of H2– Electrolysis for investment.

In combination with power electronics, sensors and controllers, so-called “smart units” are created, which are designed for different levels, sizes and applications of performance and can be networked and maintained via the cloud.

Bosch presents all of its hydrogen-related activities at the Hannover Fair (May 30 to June 2, 2022).

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