The system, designed by TECO 2030 and partner AVL List GmbH, includes a several hundred stack cells that provide a net output of 100kW, generating electricity from electrochemical reactions based on hydrogen.
The stacks are combined with balance of plant (BoP) components into a fuel cell module and potentially combing several of these modules together to supply the megawatts of output needed for ship propulsion or other heavy-duty applications.
The Norwegian company announced earlier this year that, in collaboration with AVL, it is set to integrate its hydrogen fuel cell stacks into an AVL hydrogen DemoTruck prototype, which is expected to be on the roads by mid-2023.
Falko Berg, Manager and Technical Product Responsible PEM Systems at AVL, said, “today’s milestone marks the next logical and important step towards launching the fuel cell factory in Narvik.”
TECO 2030 moved into their large-scale fuel cell Gigafactory in Narvik, Norway, in 2021, Tore Enger, CEO of TECO 2030, told H2 View that the facility will be fully operational by 2030, with an output of around 1.2GW.
Enger spoke about the future during today’s announcement, saying, “we will gradually increase production during 2023 to supply fuel cell systems for a number of piolet projects, followed by automated volume production at our Gigafactory in Narvik, from early 2024.”
TECO 2030 have announced several pilot projects for 2023 covering fuel cell systems for marine applications, trucks, and construction sites.
It plans to assemble and test the fuel cell module 400kW (FCM400) during the summer of 2023 at AVL’s facility in Graz, Austria.
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