f-cell trade fair in Stuttgart: energy solutions with hydrogen
and fuel cells
The f-cell fuel cell trade fair is growing by leaps and bounds. Exhibitors
have already reserved twice as much exhibition space as last year. The
combined industry conference and trade fair will take place at the trade
fair centre (Messe Stuttgart) in Stuttgart from 8 to 10 October 2012.
Exhibitors will be presenting solutions for all fuel cell applications as well
as hydrogen production and storage technologies.
Stuttgart (eos) – “Roughly 100 exhibitors have registered to date. The f-cell trade fair
from 8 to 10 October 2012 will be twice the size of last year’s show,” notes Peter
Sauber, Managing Director of Peter Sauber Agentur Messen und Kongresse GmbH,
which is organizing the industry forum comprising a trade fair and a conference in
cooperation with Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH (WRS). “The decision
to combine the presentation with the Battery+Storage trade fair and the move to the
trade fair grounds in Stuttgart has paid off.” The f-cell event has attracted a host of
new exhibitors from Germany and other European countries. The show will also
feature a joint Canadian stand for the first time this year, with four companies
represented. The e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG will complement the event with
presentations by other European exhibitors from France, Flanders, Denmark and
elsewhere. Another unique feature of this year’s event will be the research and
development stand set up by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, at
which research institutes and universities will be presenting their most recent
contributions as providers of new impulses for economic development. Fuel cells and
components, mobile, stationary and portable fuel cell applications, test rigs and
research and development will be the main aspects covered by exhibitors in the field
of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.
Stationary energy-supply solutions
Fuel cell heating systems are causing quite a stir in the field of building energy supply,
as will be demonstrated, for example, by EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG at its
stand (2D16). Within the context of the German government-funded “Callux” project,
the energy supplier is involved in efforts to develop market-ready fuel cell heating
systems, and has already installed more than seventy such systems in Baden-
Württemberg. “In cooperation with producers, including Vaillant, Baxi Innotech and
Hexis, we will be informing visitors about the current state of the art and presenting the
newest generation of equipment systems for this energy solution of the future,” explains
Uwe Fritz, Managing Director of EnBW Vertrieb GmbH.
250-Kilowatt to 2.8-Megawatt power plants equipped with molten carbonate fuel cells
are the focus of interest in the presentation by FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH (Stand
1E14). “In addition to electricity, they produce high-quality heat, which can be used in
air-conditioning systems or fed into a district heating network, for example,” says
Andreas Frömmel, the company’s commercial director. “The system works with an
autothermal reforming process that produces the hydrogen required by fuel cells from
natural gas, biogas or sewage gas. Depending on the specific purpose, some of the gas
obtained can be used for fuel cell vehicles, such as forklifts, for example.”
Fuel cells for a wide range of applications
Numerous exhibitors are presenting holistic approaches as well as interesting solutions
for stationary, portable and mobile applications. balticFuelCells GmbH of Schwerin (Stand
2F15) addresses system integrators from all fields of application with its “SuSy300” fuel
cell subsystem. “Each roughly palm-sized SuSy module delivers 300 watts of electrical
power. Power output can be adjusted as needed for a given application simply by linking
multiple modules together,” explains Stephan Möller from balticFuelCells GmbH.
Customers benefit from the advantages of a plug-and-play principle and need no special
fuel cell know-how themselves. The technical advantage of the small individual module:
“The required power output is available just 2.5 seconds after the unit is activated. That
eliminates the need for heavy, expensive buffer batteries in mobile or stationary
applications, for example,” notes Stephan Möller. Now that the SuSy modules have been
standardized, it is possible to produce larger quantities, which will lower the price – as
the manufacturer hopes – to well below 1,000 EUR per module within the foreseeable
Experience electromobility live
The various links in the electromobility value chain will be on display at the trade fair.
Daimler will be represented as an OEM along with numerous suppliers and component
manufacturers, including Lapp Kabel and HylionTec, to name just two examples. EnBW is
also closely concerned with a range of issues of relevance to future mobility. The
presentation will focus on the hydrogen refilling infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles as
well as the diverse activities of EnBW in the field of electromobility.
Visitors can experience electromobility hands-on at the Ride&Drive event at the trade
fair plaza, where they will have an opportunity to test-drive battery- and fuel cell
powered electric vehicles. The list of Ride&Drive partners currently includes EnBW as
well as Daimler, Proton Motor / Smith Electric Vehicles and Honda.
Hydrogen as an energy storage medium
The role of hydrogen as an energy storage medium in the new energy economy is a
theme that runs like a continuous thread through the f-cell trade fair and conference.
Hydrogen can be produced on a sustainable basis from water through electrolysis with
“surplus” wind or solar power. In this way, energy can be stored in large quantities and
later used to refill vehicles, fed into the natural gas network or reconverted to electricity
by fuel cells. Concepts for hydrogen production and storage will be presented by the
Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Stuttgart, H-TEC Systems of Lübeck,
FutureE Fuell Cell Solutions GmbH of Nürtingen, Hydrogen Energy GWL GmbH of
Frankfurt, WS Reformer GmbH of Renningen, the Canadian Hydrogenics Corporation as
well as the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare
Energiesysteme ISE, of Freiburg, among other firms and institutes.
The f-cell and Battery+Storage conferences as well as the e-mobil BW
TECHNOLOGIETAG (10 October 2012), will take place concurrent to the f-cell and
Battery+Storage trade fairs. A complete list of exhibitors, a visitor registration form
and the f-cell and Battery+Storage conference programmes are available online at
www.f-cell.de. Additional information about the Battery+Storage trade fair can be
found at www.battery-storage.de. The programme for the e-mobil BW
TECHNOLOGIETAG is provided at www.e-mobilbw.de.
Stuttgart, 28 September 2012
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Peter Sauber Agentur
Messen und Kongresse GmbH
Tel.: +49 711-656960-56
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Scenes from the f-cell trade fair 2011
Photos: Peter Sauber Agentur Messen und Kongresse GmbH / Photographer: Dennis Scharlau