Market interest for power generation and hydrogen separation and purification increased significantly
In the first half of the current year, Siqens GmbH achieved strong growth in its two business areas, fuel cells (Power Generation) for off-grid power supply and EHS systems (EHS) for hydrogen production.
In the Power Generation business area, test equipment was deployed at several major system integrators. The end result will be orders for several hundred systems – in some cases over a thousand – which would be used in major infrastructure projects under difficult infrastructure projects under difficult environmental conditions.
“Whereas in the past our customers ordered individual systems, the trend is now towards now towards customers as system integrators with access to large infrastructure projects in South America, MENA and Southeast Asia,” says Siqens CEO Dr. Thomas Klaue, describing the development and adding, “these system integrators require technical solutions that ensure deployment under difficult environmental conditions.” Against the background of the new orientation as a “solutions provider”, a cooperation agreement based on SIQENS Ecoports was concluded with a Chinese provider of off-grid system solutions, among others.
There is very strong interest in EHS solutions in the hydrogen business area. Siqens is currently in talks with 72 interested parties worldwide – most of them from Southeast Asia, which are served by Siqens’ Singapore office. The focus is on applications for hydrogen separation from natural and town gas and purification of hydrogen from other sources.
“Participation in E-World in Essen in May and in “E Smarter Europe” in June have brought us into promising project discussions with a view to the further course of business, which relate to both business areas,” says Dr. Klaue, who believes that the company is well equipped for the medium and long term on the basis of the current sales and order development.
SIQENS, founded in Munich in 2012, develops and produces methanol fuel cells. The devices are used to provide emergency power to critical infrastructure and in locations without a fixed connection to the power grid.
The SIQENS Ecoport fuel cell system is powered by liquid, readily available methanol. Hydrogen is extracted from the methanol in the Ecoport. This reacts with oxygen in the SIQENS stack and generates electrical energy. In combination with a battery, which the Ecoport automatically recharges as needed, an EcoCabinet is created as a reliable power source.
Unlike diesel generators, fuel cells are economical, require little maintenance, and emit neither particulate matter nor nitrogen oxides, as well as significantly reduced CO2 emissions. Methanol from regenerative sources even enables completely climate-neutral operation