Energy storage news: 25.06.14

Redox Power Systems, University of Maryland, Microsoft and Trans-Tech collaborate on solid oxide fuel cells, with funding from ARPA-E.

Redox Power Systems, University of Maryland, Microsoft and Trans-Tech are collaborating on solid oxide fuel cells, with funding from ARPA-E. Photo credit: University of Maryland

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Wärtsilä splits off fuel cell business

There are changes afoot at the Finnish natural gas and environmental energy company Wärtsilä. Key staff at the company’s fuel cell development unit have started up a new company called Convion, that will focus on solid oxide fuel cell technology. The new company will be taking forward technology originated by Wärtsilä, including a 20-50 kW unit currently in development, and “so far test results have been promising,” says the press release. Wärtsilä is staying close to the spin-off, and will maintain a 20% interest in the new company.