Fronius Energy Cell now in full-scale production
Fronius Energy Cells in the 2 KW and 4 KW power categories will go into full-scale production throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland from the middle of May. The first stage involves the fuel cell, which has already been used successfully in a variety of applications.
The system has also proved itself in a one-year pilot project at the University of Geneva. The electrolysis function will also be integrated in the next version of the Fronius Energy Cell to provide a total system for regenerative power generation and storage.
The Fronius Energy Cell is especially suited to autonomous power supplies used in telecoms stations, alpine huts and weather stations, for example, and will be of interest to pioneers in the field of solar electronics. "Trailblazers from Turkey, South Africa and elsewhere who have a requirement for autonomous energy applications are showing a great deal of interest," explained Michael Schubert of Fronius, which is managing the Energy Cell projects directly with investors.
The safety and reliability of the system takes top priority for Fronius. The Fronius Energy Cell is currently the only fuel cell system with a TÜV Süd certificate. Like petrol and natural gas, hydrogen is a hazardous substance, but unlike the former people are not used to handling hydrogen. The TÜV Süd certificate will help to allay any doubts and fears users may have.
"The project is still far from complete", said Klaus Fronius, solar pioneer and managing director of Fronius International. The Fronius Energy Cell represents an important milestone in providing a sustainable future, but it is only one of many that Fronius has set itself.