Bosch not only plans to use green hydrogen but it will also be one of the manufacturing companies. To do this, Bosch is building branches for the development of components for electrolyzers, which use electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
“We can no longer afford to delay climate change, so we aim to use Bosch technology to support the rapid expansion of hydrogen production in Europe,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Robert Bosch GmbH. Annual statistics of the company.
“To do this, we will use our knowledge of fuel-cell technology,” added Dr. Marcus Hein, a member of Bosch’s board of directors and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.
Bosch Mobility Solutions will be responsible for the development of electroliser components in the business sector, investing up to মিল 500 million in this initiative by the end of the decade.
Bosch predicts that the global market for electrolysis components will grow to around 14 billion euros by 2030, with Europe seeing the highest growth rate. To help businesses and communities reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and use new energy sources, Bosch plans to invest about three billion euros over the next three years in climate-neutral technologies such as electrification and hydrogen.
In the fuel cell, the main component of an electrolyzer is a stack, consisting of multiple individual cells connected in series. In each of these cells, electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. This is the opposite of what happens in a fuel cell, where electricity is generated by combining hydrogen and oxygen.
In both cases, the chemical reaction is facilitated by a proton-exchange membrane (PEM). Bosch is collaborating with a number of partners to develop a way to integrate the electrolyzer stack with a control unit, power electronics, and various sensors to create a “smart module”. With pilot plants set to begin operations next year, the company plans to supply these smart modules to electrolysis plant manufacturers and industrial service providers from 2025 onwards.
Bosch will include a number of these compact modules. They can then be used in small units with a capacity of up to ten megawatts and in gigawatt-rated offshore and offshore plants – either in new-construction projects or in existing plants for conversion to green hydrogen production.
In order to increase the efficiency of hydrogen production and extend the service life of the stack, smart modules need to be integrated with the Bosch Cloud. At the same time, the use of a modular design for electrolyzers is expected to make maintenance more flexible.
Only certain parts of the plant need to be shut down instead of full facilities for any scheduled work. Bosch is also working on a service concept that would include the recycling of components to drive a resilient economy.