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Three technologies ensure success

Different types of fuel cells will be lab-tested for potential use in the field tests:

  • Low-temperature PEM cells for hydrogen operation
  • Low-temperature PEM cells (including a fuel reformer) for natural gas operation
  • High-temperature PEM cells (including a fuel reformer) for natural
    gas operation
  • High-temperature Solide Oxide cells (SOFC) with pre-reformer for
    natural gas operation.

The high-temperature PEM cells were not used in the final field tests, as too short lifetime guarantee could be given by the supplier at the early stage in the project.

Low-temperature PEM cells for hydrogen are developed, stacked by IRD Fuel Cells. IRD also performs the Balance of Plant integration.

The SOFC fuel cells are developed, stacked and assembled in a Power Core hot part unit by Topsoe Fuel Cell. Dantherm Power acts as system integrator.

Low-temperature PEM cells for natural gas operation are developed, stacked by Ballard; system integration is done by Dantherm Power


    Brief summary of the technology
  • Micro combined heat and power units produce energy based on fuel cell technology.
  • Together with oxygen, fuel cells transform hydrogen or natural gas into power and heat in a chemical process without any actual combustion
    taking place.
  • In micro combined heat and power units, many fuel cells are joined in stacks to achieve adequate electrical voltage.
  • Not all hydrogen/natural gas and oxygen is converted into power in the fuel cell. This loss is con-verted into usable heat in the micro combined heat and power units.
  • Danish Micro Combined Heat and Power is testing micro combined heat and power units in which the fuel cells are supplied with either hydrogen or natural gas. In natural gas micro combined heat and power units, a preliminary process is included whereby the gas is converted into usable fuel.