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Methanol-based fuel cells provides new opportunities for green energy

Danish SerEnergy is among the world’s leading providers of methanol-based fuel cell development and production. The entire ecosystem behind the company is completely sustainable. The sources are solar and wind energy, and methanol, which is used in the process for storing the energy. It is a water-soluble and easily biodegradable chemical that is most commonly used industrially today. This results in zero CO2 emissions, something the whole world is demanding, and on which SerEnergy is currently working. DIS has been part of this mission.

Methanol-based solutions that provide green energy for stationary plants, vehicles, ships, and heating of homes have become increasingly common as sustainable alternatives in recent years. This is because methanol can be produced from renewable energy sources. The areas of application for the technology are numerous, and currently, the potentials are being qualified and documented as the products mature. The market’s providers are characterized by a limited number of young companies, but they are growing.

 

At SerEnergy, a transition from research-based to a commercialized business is currently underway, involving industrialization. Typically, companies undergoing such a transformation are challenged by processes that require product maturation, improvement of production methods and processes, and strategies for market penetration with a strong focus on scalable customer segments. This is also the situation at SerEnergy.

 

According to SerEnergy’s Director of Development, Morten Hougaard, the challenges the company faces include a momentary business model that requires a very adaptable organization, which has also been the starting point for the cooperation with DIS: “Our internal set-up of resources and competences must meet reality with flexibility. We must be ready for scalability and at the same time ensure availability of specialist skills when needs arise. Internally in relation to continuously developing our processes, but also in relation to development-oriented projects in shorter periods, which call for competences that we do not have in-house and will not have the need for long term. In this situation, we are happy we are able to obtain professional assistance from DIS who, in a global network of skilled engineers, has the full range of specialist skills”.

About SerEnergy

SerEnergy is a world-leading developer and supplier of methanol-based fuel cell solutions. The company is headquartered in Aalborg, where production facilities are also located. It also has offices in India and the Philippines with a total of 80 employees. The company was founded in 2006 and is owned by the Fischer Group, which has sites in eight countries, 20 international subsidiaries, and approximately 2,800 employees. SerEnergy places a strong emphasis on scalable customer segments, and today there are more than a thousand active SerEnergy units worldwide. DIS coordinated and delivered the technical file for the CE declaration on the company’s latest range of products. This was achieved with a Global Team setup where SerEnergy leveraged DIS resources in both Poland and Denmark using a single point of contact.

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