VINCORION Integrates Fuel Cells from SFC Energy into Its Hybrid Energy Systems
Mechatronics manufacturer VINCORION and fuel cell specialist SFC Energy will soon begin working together to develop state-of-the-art energy solutions with hybrid storage systems. The goal of the collaboration is to integrate fuel cells by SFC Energy into VINCORION’s energy management systems, thereby adding a reliable and powerful component to the energy mix.
The first joint project between the two companies will be the integration of SFC Energy’s EFOY Pro 12000 Duo – a 500W methanol fuel cell – into VINCORION’s P2M2 (Portable Power Management Module) energy management system. This was announced by both companies at the signing of the partnership agreement during the DWT conference “The Future Energy Supply for Mobile Systems used by the German Armed Forces” on September 9, 2020, in Bonn, Germany.
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The P2M2 portable energy management system for peak loads of up to 15 kW opens up a particularly high degree of flexibility thanks to its modular design. The system is capable of using all energy sources currently available, from conventional diesel gensets to existing power grids to renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic systems. It can be extended by adding multiple storage modules as required and can be variably connected to a wide variety of output modules depending on the application.
SFC is the market leader in the methanol fuel cell segment and will initially integrate the EFOY Pro 12000 Duo, the company’s most powerful fuel cell to date, into VINCORION’s P²M² system. This means that in addition to the compact energy storage and management modules, users now have another option available for supplying and charging electrical consumers while out in the field. Like every P²M² module, the fuel cell will be portable and can be used in harsh environmental conditions. With no harmful exhaust fumes and thanks to its virtually silent and maintenance-free operation, it is the perfect solution for difficult operating conditions.
« We believe that fuel cells are a valuable addition to the available range of power supplies for our energy solutions, and enable us to offer our partners and customers significant additional value over comparable solutions,” said Stefan Stenzel, CEO of JENOPTIK Advanced Systems GmbH. “At the same time, we are delighted to have acquired SFC Energy as a strategic partner with whom we can also enter into new market segments over the medium term.”
“The demands placed on off-grid power supplies continue to grow. VINCORION and SFC Energy are working together with the P2M2 module to create a system that will meet these increasing needs in a reliable, flexible, and environmentally friendly manner. This is how users will benefit from sustainable energy supply solutions made in Germany,” said Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy AG.
SFC Energy AG is a leading international supplier of stationary and mobile hybrid power supply solutions for civil and military applications with locations in Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Canada, and the United States. The company has already sold more than 45,000 fuel cells worldwide.