Inocel, the “game changer” of high-efficiency fuel cells

Inocel will be at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2023 to showcase its high performance fuel cell technology. Jules Billiet, deputy director of Inocel, reveals the contours.

Eyes are increasingly turning to hydrogen as an energy carrier as a solution to energy storage. In this new ecosystem in full development, the Inocel company wants to play the role of “game changing in different areas, very fast”assures Jules Billiet, its deputy director. “Its mission is to accelerate the industrialization of efficient and competitive hydrogen systems on the world market”, assures the South African adventurer Mike Horn in the video presentation of the company. Because yes, Mike Horn co-founded this company with Mauro Ricci, founder and former CEO of AKKA Technologies.

Inocel is betting on hydrogen as an essential link in the future chain of carbon-free energies. The company will present its first commercial product at CES in Las Vegas from January 5 to 8, 2023: the INOCEL Z300 fuel cell. The solution, based on 25 years of research on the subject of CEA, was developed thanks to the work of 30 research engineers over more than 2 years. With an output of 300 kilowatts (kW) with an efficiency of 60%, the module comprises 700 cells and weighs 100 kg for a volume of 110 L. This fuel cell has a power density of more than 5.5 kW/L . “This is a power level for a given weight and volume three times higher than the market standard”assures Jules Billiet.

One fuel cell for three target markets

This new fuel cell aims to offer a real alternative to “short-term” and “high-volume” fossil fuels in three target markets. The first: the stationary or shifted energy production market to replace generators in particular. The company is also targeting heavy mobility, where electric is struggling to establish itself due to the weight of its batteries. This fuel cell could thus be used in buses, trucks, construction and airport machines. Finally, the solution wants to impose itself in the maritime sector. In particular, the company presented its first boat demonstrator integrating a complete hydrogen propulsion chain at the Paris Boat Show in early December. The responsiveness of this battery, able to rise to its maximum power in less than 1.5 seconds, is actually an asset for such applications.

The stack allows for high modularity. “It can be integrated into systems ranging from 300 kW up to 3 megawattswarns Jules Billiet. The 3 megawatt system is packed in a standard size container: you can then multiply the number of containers and increase the power even more. » The first battery should be on the market from 2023 in the pre-series and from 2024 in the commercial industrial version. Based in Grenoble, the company has sized its site to produce its batteries directly on site.

The technology aims for a cell life of 20,000 hours. “We have a battery that has a level of efficiency and durability at the best level in the market to have a cost of use over the entire life of the product that is competitive with thermal energies such as diesel.”concludes Jules Billiet.

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