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In addition to a number of other research institutes, universities
and technical schools, numerous companies are working in the
field of hydrogen technology and fuel cell technology. As a subsi-
diary of Daimler AG, NuCellSys GmbH is one of the leading com-
panies in the area of development and manufacturing of fuel cell
systems for vehicle applications. In addition to system develop-
ment and design, component and software development, as well
as system validation and integration, as a small-scale production
facility for fuel cell systems it has been in existence since 2003
[NuCellSys (2011)]. Moreover, Daimler AG is assembling fuel cell
vehicles, such as the B-Class F-CELL, in Nabern near Kircheim/
Teck. As a company in the field of special seals and housings, El-
ringKlinger AG, has established manufacturing facilities for fuel
cell components and stacks as a new sector for its business [El-
ringKlinger (2011)]. Many small and medium-sized companies offer
special technologies, materials, and individual components for the
manufacturing of fuel cells. For example, FuMA-Tech GmbH, de-
velops membranes for use in fuel cells, Otto Egelhof GmbH has
special valves and air supply systems in its product line [Egelhof
(2011)]. In addition to the development of components and com-
plete systems, several Baden-Württemberg companies, such as
Manz Automation Tübingen GmbH, also have competencies in the
development of production facilities for fuel cells.
An overview of the diverse participant landscape in the fuel cell
technology sector is shown in Fig. 42, with a selection of research
organizations, universities, technical universities and companies.
The competence networks listed in chapter 4.2 also offer informa-
tion on participating members on their web sites.
4.1.6 INFRASTRUCTURE
The prerequisite for electrification of the drivetrain is the develop-
ment and establishment of a suitable charging infrastructure. In
the charging technology sector, the Bosch subsidiary, Bosch Soft-
ware Innovations, develops software solutions for the charging
operation and for networking the stations [Robert Bosch (2011b)].
The companies, Conductix-Wampfler, SEW-Eurodrive, Lapp Kabel,
Heldele und Kellner Telecom, are involved in innovative projects
for electric vehicles.
In terms of energy supply and the establishment of charging co-
lumns, EnBW is extremely active as the largest energy supplier in
Baden-Württemberg. Together with Daimler AG, Bosch, SAP and
other companies, EnBW, in the recently concluded MeRegioMo-
bil project, is investigating the optimal networking of power grid
and electric vehicles via modern information and communication
technology (IuK) [MeRegioMobil (2011b)]. The company is also ac-
tive in the H
2
Mobility project, which involves the establishment
of a hydrogen infrastructure, the iZEUS (intelligent Zero Emission
Urban System) project funded by IKT for Electromobility II, the Ger-
man/French fleet test CROME and in the IKONE project. CROME
focuses on cross-border operability and fast charging.
MVV Energie AG also, as a regional provider with a Germany-wide
network of utilities, is involved in infrastructure projects such as
„Model City Mannheim“ [Modellstadt Mannheim (2011)] and „Fu-
ture Fleet“ together with SAP AG [RegModHarz (2011)]. Moreover,
other energy suppliers and smaller providers of infrastructure so-
lutions are involved in Baden-Württemberg.
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Rapid progress in standardizing the interface between auto-
mobile and infrastructure is an essential factor for implementa-
tion of electromobility.
«
Heiko Herchet, Director of the Competence Center, EDAG Group
»
Because the future of the automobile will be shaped by elec-
tric vehicles with battery and fuel cell propulsion, establish-
ment of a consistent charging and hydrogen infrastructure in
Baden-Württemberg as well as throughout Germany is essen-
tial. The technology will first spread and become established
where the infrastructure is also present.
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Peter Froeschle, General Manager - Strategic Energy Projects & Market
Development Fuel Cell/Battery Vehicles, Daimler AG