The Nordic leading fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden has won an order from H-O Enterprise to deliver a fuel cell system for a low-energy house in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The project will be implemented in the fall of this year, said a statement.

The facility is a so-called self off grid low-energy house, which will include photovoltaic cells on the roof and facades, energy storage in batteries and hot water tanks, electrolyser, hydrogen tanks and fuel cells.

The solar cells will generate electricity during daylight hours and the electricity will be used both to produce hydrogen from water using an electrolyser and to run the house, and recharge the batteries.

During evenings, at nighttime and during the winter season, the electricity will be used with electricity from the batteries and from the fuel cell, which runs on hydrogen.

The fuel cell will produce excess electricity and even heat that is channeled into the house’s hot water tanks and used for heating and hot water. The hydrogen in the tanks will also be used as a filling station to the household’s planned hydrogen car.

Magnus Henell, chief executive officer, PowerCell Sweden, said: “This is a breakthrough order for this type of energy-smart house, a use that we see that our fuel cell system has great potential to operate within, as increasing electricity prices, climate changes and the desire for more energy independence means that the interest in energy-efficient houses is growing.”

Hans-Olof Nilsson, CEO of H-O Enterprise, said: “We expect energy-smart houses like these to serve as a future standard of zero emissions. In 2020 there will be a requirement that all new buildings must be near zero energy, which means they will produce almost as much energy as they consume.

“This means that a thorough upgrade of building regulations will be implemented in the near future.”

Source: Trade Arabia