Elcogen, a leading European solid oxide fuel cell manufacturer headquartered in Estonia, is pleased to announce that Convion, a system integrator from Finland, is ready to commercialise its C60 fuel cell system, following a successful field installation.
Incorporating Elcogen’s next generation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and stack technology, the system plays an integral role in a smart micro-grid in Lempäälä Energia’s LEMENE Energy Community Project, providing clean, resilient and uninterrupted energy.
Completed in 2019, the LEMENE project has demonstrated the capability to decarbonise Europe’s energy markets and has been highlighted by the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) as a solution to meet European Union 2030 climate and energy targets.
Elcogen’s world-leading fuel cell technology is widely considered to be one of the most promising solutions to the global challenge to find reliable alternative fuel sources. Following the C60 system’s success and proven efficiency, there is now a unique opportunity to bring this market-leading technology to customers.
The C60 fuel cell system produces electricity at 60 kW and heat at approximately 25 kW. Additionally, electricity production efficiency is 60 per cent, the best available in its market category, and the system has achieved 99 per cent availability in a 7,000-hour test run.
Alongside providing highly efficient and dependable power generation, emissions of NOx, SOx, PM, VOC or noise are non-existent, waste heat recovery is 80 per cent of total efficiency, and the system is able to produce high voltage DC power with direct integration to energy storage systems.
Enn Õunpuu, founder and CEO of Elcogen, said: “We are delighted to hear of Convion’s successful deployment of its C60 fuel cell system, as part of the LEMENE Energy Community Project, and we are immensely proud of the important role that Elcogen played.
“As environmental considerations and economic factors converge, and the demand for clean and reliable energy continues to increase, there is enormous potential for Elcogen’s pioneering technology to be used across a range of power generation systems.
“We are in an excellent position to capture growth and generate value for investors, and we are excited to enable more homes, businesses and transport systems to be powered by clean, efficient and reliable energy.”
Erkko Fontell, CEO of Convion, commented: “LEMENE is a valuable reference to us. It represents a direction in which the entire energy system is going, that is, smartly controlled distributed systems that combine different technologies.”
Founded in 2001, Elcogen is an Estonia-headquartered clean technology company that develops and manufactures the world’s most efficient solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for residential, commercial and industrial applications. It currently supplies more than 60 commercial customers worldwide and aims to become world’s leading producer of commercial SOFC /SOEC cells and stacks.
Elcogen’s clean technology is an enabler of efficient and emission-free distributed power generation, allowing its partners to deliver energy and power storage solutions to the mass market, addressing zero-emission targets and promoting the hydrogen economy. The company was recently named Winner of Innovation by the European Business Awards.
Convion Ltd., established in 2012, focuses on developing and commercializing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems distributed power generation and elctrolysers based on solid oxide (SOE) technology for hydrogen production. By commitment, creativity and agility of Convion team and collaboration with best partners throughout our supply chain, Convion will provide its customers with cost competitive and environmentally sound power generation solutions that radically improve reliability of energy supply and efficiency of primary energy use as well as make possible future increases of renewables in energy mix.
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