Bosch Accelerates Hydrogen Technology Development, Expanding Applications and Production Plans

Company to Introduce 1.25-Megawatt Prototypes, Explore Stationary Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Engines

Bosch, the renowned technology company, is making significant strides in the field of hydrogen technology. Starting in the fall, the company plans to introduce 1.25-megawatt prototypes for pilot applications, with the goal of commencing volume production by 2025. Bosch is actively exploring various applications for hydrogen, particularly focusing on stationary solid-oxide fuel cells. These fuel cells can provide distributed power and heat supply.

In an exciting pilot project at a hospital in Erkelenz, near Cologne in Germany, Bosch aims to leverage this technology to achieve an impressive overall efficiency of 90 percent. Initially, the micro-power plant will utilize natural gas, but it has the flexibility to be converted to green hydrogen. This project showcases Bosch’s commitment to advancing clean and efficient energy solutions.

Furthermore, Bosch is not only investing in fuel-cell powertrains but also developing hydrogen engines. These engines will feature systems for both port and direct injection of hydrogen, making them suitable for heavy vehicles operating on long hauls and carrying substantial loads. The hydrogen engine offers several advantages, including carbon neutrality and a seamless transition into hydrogen-based mobility, which is fast and cost-effective. Notably, the majority of the required development and manufacturing technologies for these engines already exist. The launch of the hydrogen engine is expected to commence in 2024.

Bosch’s advancements in hydrogen technology have garnered significant attention and interest. The company has already received four orders for production projects from major economic regions and anticipates reaching six-figure unit volumes by 2030. Bosch’s proactive approach in advancing the hydrogen economy positions them as a dynamic leader in this promising field.