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MTU Onsite Energy Receives Order For Biogas Fuel Cell Plant

Posted on December 16, 2009

Automotive supplier Reich GmbH based in Mellrichstadt in Bavaria has ordered a fuel cell plant from Tognum subsidiary MTU Onsite Energy GmbH Fuel Cell Systems in Ottobrunn. Scheduled to go into service in autumn 2010, the HotModule HM400 high temperature fuel cell will operate on biogas to produce electric power, heat and cooling for industrial operations.

The HotModule has an electrical output of 345 kW and a thermal output of 220 kW. The fuel gas is biogas from a corn silage biogas in the vicinity, producing electric power, heat and cooling virtually without CO2 emissions. Exhaust gas from the fuel cell contains almost no pollutants.

Reich is a manufacturer of precision automotive parts and special ball bearings for the automobile and engineering industries. The company counts Bosch, ZF Friedrichshafen and Continental among its customers. The fuel cell configuration ordered by Reich allows for the addition of another HotModule in the medium-term.

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