MTU Friedrichshafen (Germany) presented its high-temperature HotModule fuel cell, which is suitable for operation of small, decentralized co-generation power stations as the plant produces electricity as well as steam. The range of applications includes the health sector, the chemical and food industries, agriculture, and the telecommunications sector.
The HotModule exhaust consists mainly of steam and low amounts of carbon dioxide, coupled with a high electrical efficiency of 47 percent. The second 250kW HotModule field-trials plant has been operating successfully since May 2001 in the Rhön-Klinikum in Bad Neustadt, providing hospitals with electrical power, superheated steam and hot water.
MTU plans to install and operate 10 more plants in Europe, the US and Japan.