Collaboration to Develop Residential Fuel Cell for India

20 Mar 2013

Fraunhofer IKTS eneramic

In January 2013, Pune- and Boston-based Mayur REnergy Solutions signed a contract with the Fraunhofer Institute of Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany, to develop solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) products for residential and agricultural markets in developing countries.

Commenting, Mayur Managing Director Mr Siddharth R. Mayer said that the company will develop a cost-effective fuel cell product to help meet the need for electricity in every Indian home. His ambition is to alleviate energy poverty in India and other developing countries by bringing affordable, reliable and clean energy to homes.

The alliance with Fraunhofer IKTS is expected to help develop a world-class product at local prices and to generate high-volume business in the urban residential segment in the Indian subcontinent. Dr Christian Wunderlich, department head at Fraunhofer IKTS, points out the value in establishing a decentralised electricity generation network in places where it is mostly absent right now.

As part of this project Fraunhofer IKTS will develop prototypes based on the established eneramic® fuel cell system, which will be extended for higher power classes. The fuel cell system will run on pipeline natural gas or LPG, either producing just electricity or running in combined heat and power. Ultimately, it is intended to combine this will solar or wind power and biogas. A prototype is expected to be ready in 2014.

Fraunhofer IKTS will develop the product and transfer the know-how to Mayur, which in turn will work on commercialising the technology. Mayur is already in the process of setting up a world-class laboratory for fuel cells and a manufacturing facility where the stacks, reformer and other components could be made. Local manufacturing will be key to keeping costs low.

Mayur is also a real-estate developer in India and the company has committed to using the product in all its residential and commercial projects once available.

Adapted from Mayur Renergy Solutions and Fraunhofer IKTS press releases

Photo top: eneramic® fuel cell system developed by Fraunhofer IKTS (courtesy of Fraunhofer IKTS).


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