Fronius has been researching and developing hydrogen solutions for around 20 years and, in this time, has become the innovation leader in the production of green hydrogen. The company has big plans to further build on this enormous wealth of experience. The ground-breaking ceremony for the Fronius Hydrogen Competence Center took place at the company’s Steinhaus site in Upper Austria back in 2020. In the future, Fronius will be able to pool its resources here and drive forward the development of renewable mobility and energy solutions using green hydrogen.
“24 hours of sun is possible because we are able to make renewable energy available around the clock,” asserts Martin Hackl, Global Director Sales & Marketing, Solar Energy, Fronius International “The technology to turn our vision into reality is already there, the generation of hydrogen through electrolysis being one example. Used in combination with a fuel cell, hydrogen has the potential to completely revolutionise the entire supply of energy.” Hydrogen is versatile and is very easy to store. It can be used as a fuel in vehicles or to supply energy to generate heat and electricity. Nevertheless, hydrogen can only be said to be renewable if it is generated using solar or wind power to produce ’green hydrogen’.
Research and development location
“The Hydrogen Competence Center in Steinhaus is the ideal way to combine our resources and drive forward hydrogen research, development, production and sales in H2 systems,” says Walter Stockinger, Global Director Research & Development, Solar Energy, Fronius International. “Training and customer presentations will also be conducted under one roof in the future.” The high-tech company is further expanding its know-how through numerous collaborations, innovative pilot projects and its participation in expert panels focused on hydrogen power. This modern development location will therefore serve as an innovation hub and provide the ideal trial and test environment for the latest H2 applications.