Rolls-Royce, Daimler Truck to cooperate on stationary fuel cell systems

May 26, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Rolls-Royce, Daimler Truck to cooperate on stationary fuel cell systems
Daimler Truck AG and Rolls-Royce plc are planning a close collaboration on CO2-neutral emergency power supply of mission-critical equipment with stationary fuel cell generators. These are intended to offer emission-free alternatives to diesel engines, which are currently used as emergency power generators or to cover peak loads. The two companies have signed a corresponding letter of intent; a comprehensive cooperation agreement is to be drawn up by the end of the year.

As recently as April of this year, Daimler Truck AG already inked a preliminary agreement with the Volvo Group to establish a joint venture for the development, production and marketing of series-ready fuel cell systems for use in heavy-duty commercial vehicles and similar fields of application. Rolls-Royce's Power Systems business unit now plans to rely on these fuel cell systems from the planned JV for the emergency power generators of the MTU product and solution brand it develops and sells in data centers.

Daimler and Rolls-Royce are not only linked by many years of cooperation on conventional drives in other application fields. At the end of last year, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Lab1886, Daimler's innovation unit for new business models, had agreed on a pilot project to develop a demonstrator for the use of this technology for stationary energy supply on the basis of fuel cell modules from automobile production. It will go into operation in Friedrichshafen by the end of this year, Daimler announced at this opportunity.

Daimler regards the development of fuel cell systems as an important complement to battery electric drives on the way to realizing CO2-neutral transport systems. The cooperation with Rolls-Royce now opens up very concrete opportunities for the commercialisation of this technology. In addition, this measure would also bring the development of a hydrogen infrastructure across sectors and applications closer.

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