Bosch showcases its hydrogen station technologies at the Hannover Messe

Bosch hydrogen stations Hanover Hannover Messe
Bosch showcases its technologies for hydrogen stations at the Hannover Messe

The Group took part in this international event. And it’s an opportunity to unveil a lesser known, yet strategic, aspect of Bosch’s business.

The German group plans to produce fuel cells for mobility, but also for electrolysers. And one of its divisions, Bosch Manufacturing Solutions (BMG), the special machinery unit, provides advanced manufacturing equipment and test technologies for fuel cell manufacturing, from individual components to complete systems.

However, the German industrial giant is also investing in hydrogen service stations, which are set to significantly increase in number by 2030. In collaboration with partners, its other subsidiary Bosch Rexroth has developed solutions for hydrogen compression, in a power band ranging from 10 to 280 kW. In order to rapidly and easily refuel vehicles with hydrogen, the gas needs to be compressed to 900 bar. A new electrohydraulically driven cryogenic pump has therefore been developed in partnership with American company, FirstElement Fuel. This cryopump directly compresses liquid hydrogen at 875 bar. The aim is to refuel HGVs with 100 kg of hydrogen in under ten minutes. The first service stations of this type should be equipped as of 2025.

In addition, Bosch Rexroth has developed with Maximator Hydrogen low-maintenance, scalable drive units, with current power ratings of up to 250 kW. The new container-based compressors can potentially halve the total cost of ownership compared to commercially available alternatives. The Swiss group Coop is already using hydrogen-powered trucks, which refuel at five service stations featuring Maximator and Bosch Rexroth technology.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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