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High-Tech Rheinmetall Pushes Ahead With Hydrogen Strategy as Partner of New Innovation and Technology Center

By September 23, 2021 3   min read  (428 words)

September 23, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, High-Tech Rheinmetall Pushes Ahead With Hydrogen Strategy As Partner Of New Innovation And Technology Centre

Growth market for hydrogen: short-term order potential of up to €220 million  for fuel cell system components

Pressing ahead with its hydrogen strategy, Rheinmetall is now taking part in a  national hydrogen and fuel cell initiative with financial backing from the German  federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Rheinmetall is an  industrial partner of the research and development consortium Centre for Fuel  Cell Technology, or ZBT, in Duisburg. Known for its hydrogen acumen, the ZBT is  one of four financially backed innovation and technology centres (ITZ) for  hydrogen technology selected in Germany. To enable organization and expansion  of the ITZ, which will focus primarily on mobility applications relating to hydrogen,  up to €100 million in development funds from the Federal Ministry of Transport  and Digital Infrastructure and the government of North Rhine-Westphalia is slated  to go to Duisburg and participating consortium partners in coming years.

Rheinmetall has been developing and producing products for fuel cell systems for  over twenty years. In the short term, the company sees sales potential for fuel cell  system components of between €150 million and €250 million for itself. In recent  months alone, the company has booked orders in this field with a lifetime value of

around €50 million. From now on, Rheinmetall will be drawing on its experience  and expertise in this domain to position itself even more firmly as a leader in  hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

Looking ahead, Rheinmetall will establish a high-performance technology and  industrialization centre for mobile and stationary hydrogen technology  applications at its Neuss site. Along with the safe generation and distribution of  hydrogen as well as data security for hydrogen infrastructure, the prime focus will  be on fuel cell systems themselves. In Neuss – located just across the Rhine from  Düsseldorf – work will be carried out in synergetic tandem with the ITZ in nearby  Duisburg, enabling the Group to press ahead with in-house research and  development for new hydrogen technology-related products, and readying these  for industrial production.  

But the Rheinmetall Technology Centre for Hydrogen also serves as an environ ment for small- and mid-sized companies or start-ups, enabling them to bring  their product ideas to market more quickly with the help of an established  technology group. As a consortium partner, Rheinmetall’s role will essentially be  to bring its expertise in preparing new products for production to the ITZ run from  Duisburg, and to assist young companies in gaining access to the marketplace.  

This way, the Düsseldorf-based technology group will contribute to establishing  Germany and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia as leading locations for  hydrogen technology in Europe. 

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