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Bobcat Co. installs stationary fuel cells

By Stephen Elliott

May 19, 2024

Bobcat Co.Bobcat Co. fuel cell solution, West Fargo, N.D., has enhanced two of its North Dakota manufacturing facilities with the installation of 14 stationary, natural gas-powered fuel cells from HyAxiom, a global fuel cell and hydrogen solutions provider. The units will operate in parallel with the commercial power grid while carving a pathway to decarbonization by producing clean energy for the facilities’ operations, the company said.

The three fuel cells at the Bismarck facility and the 11 units at the Gwinner location are the first commercial installations of stationary fuel cells in the state. The recently commissioned fuel cells allow Bobcat to diversify its energy sources by supplying a majority of the annual power and heat needs of the Bismarck facility and about half the needs of the Gwinner facility.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of sustainable energy solutions with the installation of these new stationary fuel cells,” said Mike Ballweber, president, Doosan Bobcat North America. “This is just one example of our commitment to advancing our facilities today for a better tomorrow.”

“HyAxiom’s stationary fuel cell solutions provide efficient combined heat and power that will help Bobcat improve its operations and continue innovating for the smart job site of the future,” said David Alonso, chief commercial officer, HyAxiom.

Utilized in a wide range of applications, HyAxiom’s PureCell® M400 is a proprietary phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) that can use natural gas, hydrogen, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or a blend of fuels to produce rapidly deployable baseload electricity and heat.

In Bismarck, Bobcat is able to provide power back to the grid as a registered power producer. This reduces the demand on Bismarck energy providers and ensures there is enough power on the grid.

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