At its Friedrichshafen headquarters, Rolls-Royce intends to manufacture green hydrogen and test its mtu hydrogen engines and fuel cell systems.
The technology may supply uninterrupted electricity in the event of a blackout, according to the company’s successful testing of its 250kw fuel cell demonstration.
The business bought a share in Hoeller Electrolyser, a developer of electrolysis stacks, last year. The company is creating its own standardised mtu electrolysers with outputs up to 4MW and the ability to scale up to more than 100MW.
In order to provide enough green hydrogen for propulsion technology development processes, the Rolls-Royce “H2Infrastructure” funding initiative will finance the generation of green hydrogen by PEM electrolysis. Hydrogen production capacity will gradually increase to 10MW.
As part of the publicly sponsored enerPort II project, one of the “world’s largest” island ports, Rolls-Royce announced that their mtu fuel cell system will be utilised in the port of Duisport. In 2024, it will put into service a new terminal with a hydrogen-based supply network.
Two mtu fuel cell systems and two combined heat and power plants with mtu Series 4000 hydrogen engines will be used to directly produce the majority of the electrical and thermal energy needed at the port.
Recently, the business tested the mtu Series 4000 l64 engine, running the 12-cylinder gas engine using only hydrogen.