Solvay commissions PEM fuel cell at SolVin plant

Solvay commissions PEM fuel cell at SolVin plant

9:27 PM, 6th February 2012
Solvay commissions PEM fuel cell at SolVin plant
Solvay headquarters in Belgium.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay announced that it has successfully commissioned its 1 megawatt (MW) industrial demonstration fuel cell at the SolVin plant in Lillo, Antwerp, Belgium. This proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell converts coproduced hydrogen (H2) in the plant into electricity and is now producing for weeks at a steady rate. The fuel cell increases SolVin’s brine electrolysis’ energy efficiency. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells produce only electricity and water.

This project aims at developing knowhow and projects about hydrogen applications in the region with a clear focus on sustainable hydrogen and early market applications, such as maritime, logistical and interurban applications, with maximum use of European technology. The 1 MW PEM fuel cell is the first milestone in the Project Hydrogen Region Flanders, South Netherlands and it is also used by WaterstofNet for research and test programme to endorse implementation of fuel cell technology in the region.

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