Viessmann joins Hexis to deliver high-temperature fuel cells to Europe
Leading international heating manufacturer, the Viessmann Group, has acquired a 50 percent share in Hexis AG.
The Swiss company is one of Europe’s leading specialists in micro CHP systems that are based on high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). As complexity of SOFCs is relatively low, they have the potential to deliver high levels of electrical efficiency with low manufacturing costs in the long term. Together, Viessmann and Hexis aim to make SOFCs available for applications in existing buildings.
Hexis has already tested and optimised more than 100 of its micro CHP units developed in recent years to supply domestic heat and power in field trials.
The Viessmann Group has also announced its cooperation with Panasonic in the field of PEM fuel cells. The specific characteristics of this type of fuel cell make it the ideal choice for single-family homes with low heating demands.
Armed with both technologies – Panasonic's low-temperature PEM fuel cell and the high-temperature solid oxide fuel cell manufactured by Hexis – and its own experience in fuel cell development, Viessmann is in an excellent position in the stationary heat and power supply sector, which is expected to be the source of powerful impetus for the heating market in the future.
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About Viessmann Limited
Viessmann Limited is part of the Viessmann Group of Companies which is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating systems. Founded in 1917, the family business is overseen by the chairmanship of Managing Partner Dr. Martin Viessmann. The Group has annual turnover of EUR 1.86 billion and employs a staff of approximately 9,600. Viessmann’s comprehensive product range encompasses all fuel types and applications, allowing it to deliver high quality, efficient and fully integrated solutions. With an output range of 1.5 to 116,000 kW, Viessmann offers oil and gas-fired boilers, solar thermal and photovoltaics, combined heat and power modules (CHP), ground, air and water sourced heat pumps and biomass boilers.
HEXIS, with its headquarters in Switzerland, is one of the world's leading companies in the field of high-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for stationary applications with less than 10 kW power output. The company's 30-strong team develops and manufactures fuel cell heating systems for single-family homes and small apartment blocks. Hexis was founded by Sulzer AG in Winterthur in 1997. The company has been wholly owned by the SKKG Cultural and Historical Foundation based in Winterthur since 2006.
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