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TECH-INNOVATION POWERED

TECH-INNOVATION POWERED BY VDMA - MARINE EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS MAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS Takeover of electrolyzer manufacturer H-Tec Systems MAN Energy Solutions is acquiring the majority of shares in the Augsburg-based electrolyzer manufacturer H-Tec Systems. The company is thereby increasing the share in H-Tec to almost 99 %. The acquisition of the shares, which will remain held in free float, has been agreed, MAN announced. The company already gained a 40 % stake in H-Tec in 2019. The now-completed acquisition of the shares from the previous majority shareholder, GP Joule, was already agreed in the past year, but still subject to approval by competition authorities until now. The financial volume of the transaction was not disclosed. Schleswig-Holstein-based GP Joule operates in the renewable energies sector and acquired H-Tec in 2010. With the acquisition, MAN Energy Solutions is completing their range across the hydrogen value chain and is further aligning their business towards a range of solutions for decarbonization: »Starting with extraction and transport, right through to the use of climate-neutral energy, we offer our customers solutions for using green hydrogen, and are therefore strongly positioned in one of the most important future markets,« says Chief Executive Officer Uwe Lauber. Uwe Lauber Electrolysis and Power-to-X Together with the management team at H-Tec, MAN Energy Solutions wants to drive forward the large-scale industrial scaling of electrolysis. »Today, H-Tec Systems offers electrolyzers in the megawatt range,« says Lauber. »The objective now is to prepare the company for serial production because green hydrogen is going to become a mass market.« H-Tec Systems was founded in 1997 and has over 20 years of experience in hydrogen development. The specialists produce stacks and megawatt electrolyzers based on the polymer-electrolyte membrane process (PEM) to cover the hydrogen demand for industry as well as for energy refiners. MAN Energy Solutions sees itself also as a forerunner in Powerto-X technology, which enables green hydrogen to be converted into climate-neutral fuels. In 2013, the company commissioned the methanation reactor for Europe‘s first Power-to-Gas plant on a 6 MW scale for Audi AG. »Since then, MAN has consistently developed PtX technology and offers turnkey plants with a capacity of 50 MW and more today«, it is said. © MAN Elastic Support for Exhaust Pipe Systems & Scrubber/SCR FREUDENBERG & LÜRSSEN Fuel cell systems for mega yachts © Freudenberg SB BRONESKE Headquarters +49-4106-80750-0 mail@broneske.de www.broneske.de SB BRONESKE China +86-532-856-319-30 china@broneske.de www.broneske.cn Weinheim-based company Freudenberg enters into a strategic partnership with German shipbuilding group Lürssen – a leading yard in the yacht sector – to develop fuel cell systems for mega yachts. The first system under development is said to allow a ship to spend more than 15 days at anchor or cruise for more than 1,000 miles with zero emissions. The system uses Freudenberg’s methanol-operated, maritime fuel cell system with integrated fuel reforming, which received »Approval in Principle« from DNV GL at the end of 2020: Steam reforming of methane is used to produce hydrogen directly in the system, which then reacts with oxygen from the air in the fuel cell, generating the electric energy required for the propulsion as well as the ship’s electrical system. Another part of the collaboration is the commissioning of an innovation laboratory at Lürssen, where the integration and operation of Freudenberg’s systems are simulated on board a yacht operated with methanol. The optimal hybridization between fuel cells and batteries will also be analyzed here. 52 HANSA – International Maritime Journal 07 | 2021

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