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TECO 2030 advances 400kW hydrogen fuel cell module

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TECO 2030's Tore Enger, left, with Helmut List, chairman and CEO of AVL, in front of the FCM400 on the test bed in Graz, Austria
TECO 2030 successfully injected its fuel cell system with hydrogen and created emission-free electric power leading up to its first customer deployment in first half 2024.

According to TECO, the 400kW module represents the most compact and energy dense system available for marine vessels and other heavy-duty equipment.

Ambitious CO2 reduction goal

By 2030, the target is to produce a capacity of 4.000 units per year at TECO’s giga factory in Narvik, northern Norway. By this, TECO aspires to potentially reduce the amount of CO2 emissions equal to the annual emissions from countries like Sweden or Portugal and cities like Berlin or Toronto, according to the C40 Knowledge Hub.

The switch to fuel cells signifies a major step in supporting the clean transition targets under the European Green Deal, the US Inflation Reduction Act and other frontrunner regions.

'Operating one FCM400 unit instead of a diesel generator saves our planet from 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions — or consuming over 3.5 million liters of diesel — during 35,000 hours of operations,' TECO 2030 Group CEO Tore Enger said.

Graz test bed with development partner AVL

Over the past few months, the company has built and installed the FCM400 into a test bed in Graz, Austria, where the goal is to use the FCM400 to produce electricity from hydrogen. The first hydrogen has now been injected into the fuel cell module, validating the technology performance.

The system will undergo further testing, with the intention to deploy the first system during the first half of 2024. The manual production of FCM400 systems will continue at the technology development partner AVL in Graz for the next few units before moving the production to Narvik during the first half of 2024. The Narvik site is already well under way with manual production of fuel cell stacks.