Why are hydrogen fuel cells efficient alternative energy sources?
Fuel cell technology has existed since 1839, when electrochemical energy was first generated by combining hydrogen and oxygen, resulting in a by-product of water. Fuel cell systems have since been confined to niche applications such as space exploration, with the wider energy industry now exploring the potential of this exciting technology on a commercial scale. Several hydrogen oxygen fuel cell designs have been embraced to meet the growing demand for clean energy. These provide an excellent proposition for combined heat and power (CHP) projects but can be just as easily scaled down for mobile applications.
Fuel cell systems are strongly tipped as viable green energy sources of the future. The dwindling sustainability of traditional fossil fuels, and the relative simplicity of combining hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity and water, make this non-polluting alternative energy technology all the more attractive. Creating an efficient, reliable and safe clean energy source does, however, require considerable expertise. Not least in the control of fluids and gases involved in this ground-breaking technology. Bürkert has the knowledge and broad spectrum of products required to advance this technology to market.
Bürkert products ideally suited to fuel cell system applications
Bürkert’s product range for fuel cell applications includes:
- Solenoid valves
- Flow sensors
- Pressure sensors
- Solenoid control valves
- Mass flow controllers
- Process valves
- Integrated peripheral modules
Bürkert products are suitable for the following fuel cell applications:
- Stationary power generators
- APUs (Auxiliary Power Units)
- Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
- Service vehicles
- Reformer systems
- PSA plants
- Hydrogen generators
- Fuel cell test benches