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Rolls-Royce shows mtu fuel cell system is black-start capable

By District Energy posted 04-25-2023 16:07


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Rolls-Royce has confirmed that tests performed on its first mtu fuel cell demonstrator have proven that the system can provide uninterruptible power in the event of a blackout.

The tests focused on the interaction of fuel cell modules, batteries and power grid, as well as to demonstrate the ability of an uninterruptible power supply for data centres.

According to Rolls-Royce, the tests showed the fuel cell demonstrator is black-start capable, meaning it can be started without being connected to a power grid. Tests for peak load power delivery were also successfully validated.

Rolls-Royce plans to deploy two mtu fuel cell systems at the Enerport II project. The project is located at an inland port in Duisport, Germany, where a new terminal with a hydrogen-based supply network will be commissioned in 2024.

In the future, most of the electrical and thermal energy required in the port will be generated directly on site from hydrogen in a carbon-neutral manner. This will be achieved with the mtu fuel cell systems and two combined heat and power plants with mtu Series 4000 hydrogen engines.

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