Buderus Joins IdaTech and RWE Partnership

July 11, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

IdaTech Corp. (Bend, OR), a fuel cell system/component and fuel cell solutions provider, announced that heating equipment manufacturer Buderus Heiztechnik GmbH (Buderus, Germany), a company of the Bosch Group, has joined RWE Fuel Cells in its program with IdaTech for the development of a commercial 5 kW combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell system.

Earlier this year, IdaTech announced a joint program with RWE in the development and commercialization of CHP fuel cell systems for multi-unit housing and light commercial applications up to 50 kW. Under this partnership, IdaTech will develop and manufacture the fuel cell systems. Buderus and RWE will integrate the fuel cells with heating systems to create a complete CHP solution. Buderus and RWE will test the fuel cell systems in the laboratory and in the field. Several IdaTech fuel cell systems are already in service and being tested by RWE. The first field trials with fully integrated fuel cell and heating systems are planned for installation in 2005.