Bosch Commences Volume Production of Fuel-Cell Power Module, Marking Entry into Hydrogen Age

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Bosch, a renowned technology and services provider, is making significant strides in the hydrogen technology domain. The company’s commitment to hydrogen is demonstrated by its recent commencement of volume production of fuel-cell power modules at the Stuttgart-Feuerbach plant. Bosch’s inaugural customer for this cutting-edge technology is Nikola Corporation, which is preparing to introduce its hydrogen fuel cell electric truck to the North American market later this year.

At the recent Bosch Tech Day 2023, Dr. Stefan Hartung, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, emphasized the company’s expertise in hydrogen and its intention to grow alongside this promising technology. With operations encompassing the entire hydrogen value chain, Bosch is actively engaged in the development of hydrogen production and application technologies. The company aims to achieve sales of approximately 5 billion euros from hydrogen-related activities by 2030.

Bosch’s prowess in hydrogen technology is underpinned by a global manufacturing network and the capabilities of its German facilities. For example, the Bamberg plant in Germany will supply fuel-cell stacks to the Feuerbach factory, while critical system components like the electric air compressor and recirculation blower will come from the Homburg plant. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management and chairman of Bosch Mobility, highlighted the company’s unique ability to mass-produce fuel-cell stacks, citing their systems expertise and capacity to swiftly scale up new developments for mass production.

The production of fuel-cell power modules is not limited to Germany. Bosch has also commenced production in Chongqing, China, where components are sourced from the Wuxi plant. This milestone makes Bosch the first company to manufacture these systems in both China and Germany, solidifying its global leadership in the hydrogen sector. Furthermore, Bosch plans to manufacture stacks for mobile applications in its Anderson plant in South Carolina, USA. In the coming decade, the company predicts that one in five new trucks weighing six tons or more will be equipped with a fuel-cell powertrain.

Bosch’s contributions to the hydrogen economy extend beyond technology development. The company actively engages with policymakers, recognizing the need for collaborative efforts in shaping the future of this nascent industry. As Bosch continues to drive innovation and unlock the potential of hydrogen, its advancements in hydrogen technology serve as an invitation to engage in the conversation surrounding this transformative energy source.

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