Agreement signed on new field test for fuel cells
Kassel. The energy companies WINGAS and Technische Werke Ludwigshafen (TWL) AG are continuing to support the research and development of new technologies for distributed natural gas applications. The two companies have just agreed on another microgeneration field test on the use of fuel cells, thereby continuing their long-standing commitment to the ongoing development of this future technology. "The development of environmentally friendly technologies such as this one strengthens the role of natural gas in the energy mix of the future," Dr. Ludwig Möhring, Managing Director for Sales at WINGAS, explained as the agreement was signed in Kassel. "In our view, fuel cell applications represent a particularly attractive option because they are an extremely efficient form of energy conversion." Dr. Gerhard Weismüller, Chief Technical Officer of TWL AG, also underlined, "As a municipal utility provider we are interested in giving our customers an energy supply that is as environmentally friendly and secure as possible. For us natural gas is thus the ideal energy to complement renewable energies."
A fuel cell by the company Ceramic Fuel Cells GmbH is set to go into operation in a terraced housing area in Ludwigshafen as soon as April 2011. The field test is scheduled to last about two years in total and aims to determine whether the technology is ready for the market. The BlueGen fuel cell has an electrical output of about 1.5 kW (thermal approx. 0.7 kW), an electrical efficiency of up to 60 percent, and is based on solid oxide fuel cell technology. The waste heat generated is considerably lower than with other cogeneration technologies thanks to the high electrical efficiency of this fuel cell. For this reason the BlueGen fuel cell can run the whole year, including in summer. Ceramic Fuel Cells GmbH from Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia has been active in fuel cell development since 1992. The aim of using them in household energy supply is to replace conventional heating boilers with combined electricity and heat generation units.
European energy provider WINGAS GmbH & Co. KG is active in natural gas trading and distribution in Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Austria, the Czech Republic and Denmark. Its customers include municipal utilities, regional gas suppliers, and large-scale industrial users. WINGAS is a joint venture of Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer, BASF subsidiary Wintershall Holding GmbH, and Russia's OAO Gazprom.
TWL AG - Energy for the Future -With more than 100 years of experience in supplying energy, TWL, Technische Werke Ludwigshafen am Rhein AG, is well-established in the region in and around Ludwigshafen. Electricity, natural gas, heat, cooling, drinking water and services - this spectrum is available to households, companies, industry, municipalities and agriculture. As a modern and efficient energy services provider, the company specializes in traditional energy and utilities provision, flexible energy procurement and delivery possibilities as well as individual energy supply concepts and comprehensive infrastructure services. www.twl.de