Our team has long-standing and interdisciplinary experience of the entire value chain of renewable hydrogen. The holistic approach is crucial for to the use of new technologies, as this is the only way to incorporate the interests and benefits of all stakeholders as well as to integrate solutions into a complete system or to establish new systems. This approach, coupled with the ingenuity of our team, makes us a strong partner in all matters related to renewable hydrogen. With our unconventional way of thinking and our agile organization, we are ideally prepared to always find the best solutions, even under challenging conditions.
Our value proposition is based on three business areas:
Grid-supportive System Solutions for the Decarbonization of the Transport Sector
Since 2016, we are operating a closed hydrogen supply cycle together with Coop, Coop Mineraloel AG and Eniwa AG. This currently comprises a hydrogen production facility, a hydrogen filling station, a hydrogen-powered truck and several hydrogen-powered cars.
H2 Energy’s role in this cycle is to produce and distribute the renewable hydrogen.
The hydrogen is made by electrolysis, an electrochemical process that splits and harvests oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2) molecules from water (H2O). Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology uses a solid membrane to separate the gases, allowing the hydrogen to be compressed at the same time. This means that much less energy is required to compress the gas to its storage pressure of 50-300 bar. The hydrogen can be stored temporarily without any losses caused by the storage process. The electrochemical process enables highly dynamic operation ranging from 0 to 100% of the electrolyzer’s nominal output. This offers power companies a new way of using electricity: Generating a storable gas (hydrogen created through electrolysis) and thus balancing supply and demand.
After the gas has been dried, PEM electrolysis produces an ultra-pure energy source with a purity level of over 99.9998%. The technology allows many potential impurities such as sulfur and hydrocarbons to be excluded as required for specific functions. Unlike other forms of electrolysis, PEM electrolysis does not need a cost-intensive gas cleaning stage in order to comply with the automotive industry’s purity requirements (SAE J2719). As with all other electrolysis methods, PEM electrolysis also requires a drying phase.
Hydrogen supply cycle run by Coop, Coop Mineraloel, Eniwa, and H2 Energy
At present, we are working together with various partners to multiply this cycle throughout Switzerland. Our plan is to establish a nation-wide network of hydrogen filling stations and a corresponding supply chain over the next few years. As we are supported in these efforts by a broad and comprehensive network of electricity companies and filling station operators, we can exploit synergies and realize sustainable solutions with high added value.
Building permits have already been granted for several hydrogen filling stations in the midlands of Switzerland. Additional building applications are currently being prepared. We are in the planning phase for building several megawatt-scale hydrogen production facilities together with power plant operators. The first megawatt facility will be realised together with the power supplier Alpiq. Furthermore, we coordinate the logistics, which are provided by our logistics partners.
Hyundai Fuel Cell Truck (Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor)
On the user side, we are working together with Hyundai, supporting the development of mass-produced hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses. Commercial vehicles guarantee a scheduled and continuous demand for hydrogen filling stations, thus paving the way for a widespread expansion of the filling station network in an economic manner. This in turn is a prerequisite for establishing renewable hydrogen in the private car segment.
We are also working abroad on the realization of complete hydrogen supply cycles, from the electricity production to the end consumer. In Norway, we are collaborating with local partners to develop concepts for the application of renewable hydrogen in the maritime sector, including the related production and logistics solutions.
Shipping and offshore: Car ferries, fast ferries, excursion boats, drilling rigs, research platforms
Emergency power and UPS: Critical transport infrastructure, ICT systems, hospitals, energy distribution
Off-grid power supply: Events, construction sites, remote estates, off-grid charging of battery-powered electric cars
Buildings: Combined supply of electricity and heat to residential, commercial and industrial properties
The basic component of all fuel cell solutions with an output of around 50 kW and more is an innovative fuel cell system from Hyundai. H2 Energy has the exclusive right to use and adapt this system for non-automotive applications. This makes us the only supplier in the world to use a fuel cell system from the automotive sector in these applications. Thanks to systematic development work, fully automated mass production and strict quality control, the systems can be produced at competitive prices and at high and consistent quality levels.
Our so-called fuel cell engines are offered as complete modules containing all the required peripheral components such as hydrogen and air supply, cooling, control and power electronics. This facilitates simple integration and a modular system architecture.
A public-private partnership with Empa and the Paul Scherrer Institute as well as a broad research network allows us to use very specific and powerful research and test infrastructures. With this access to versatile resources we are able to effectively deploy the technological expertise of our engineers to develop efficient and reliable fuel cell solutions.
Our team of seasoned entrepreneurs and proven technology experts have many years of experience in hydrogen technologies and are well versed in the details of the underlying economics. Due to this combination of business and technical expertise, H2 Energy is a reliable partner for all projects related to renewable hydrogen and its applications.
Whether market analysis, feasibility study, project management or plant design: we are on hand to offer you advice and support. We also have a wealth of experience with regards to the legal framework conditions and maintain strong ties with the responsible authorities and external experts with whom we work closely together on project implementation.
In addition to mandates from numerous companies and organizations in Switzerland and abroad, we also support the newly-founded Swiss Hydrogen Association in all technical and economic matters.
Other selected projects and engineering mandates include:
Supporting various fuel station operators with planning of hydrogen filling stations
Off-grid/emergency power supply for the Federal Roads Office FEDRO (ongoing project)
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