Sunfire spins off its fuel cell business

German electrolyser and fuel cell company Sunfire is spinning off its fuel cell business, given that it requires a distinctly different approach to development from the company’s other business focused on electrolysers.
Sunfire spins off its fuel cell business
Neubrandenburg. Courtesy of Sunfire.

Electrolysers and fuel cells will play an increasingly crucial role in the clean energy industry. Sunfire has developed the two technologies in parallel since the company was founded in 2010. Both the electrolyser and fuel cell markets have great potential for growth, but they require distinctly different approaches, hence why Sunfire has now chosen to spin off its fuel cell business.

As an independent company, the former Sunfire Fuel Cells GmbH in Neubrandenburg will continue to develop, distribute, and maintain fuel cell devices for off-grid energy supply. The current managing director, Matthias Boltze, is taking over the company he founded in 2010 as ‘new enerday.’ This will be the company’s name going forward.

“By restructuring our corporate framework, both sides can develop their organizations more effectively to tackle the challenges of their respective markets” said Sunfire CEO Nils Aldag. “At Sunfire, we are now allocating our resources entirely to our electrolysis projects and the industrialization of our pressurised alkaline and high-temperature SOEC electrolysers. Meanwhile, in Neubrandenburg, new enerday is focusing on its business with technologically advanced fuel cell systems. We wish the team all the best!”

The successful cooperation between Sunfire and new enerday will continue, with the two entities collaborating in the field of technology development and component procurement, allowing them to benefit from technological synergies.

“There won’t be any noticeable changes for our customers – warranties, service, etc. will remain the same” added Matthias Boltze, the former and new Managing Director of new enerday. “We are highly motivated to further advance our fuel cell business and look forward to continuing to work with our partners.”

The solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) distributed by new enerday have been specifically designed for off-grid energy supply under challenging conditions. An example are remote areas of Alaska, where the devices have been in use for the past three years, providing independent power to telecommunications stations. Further installations in Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and Europe have demonstrated the reliability of this technology.

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