Bobcat Adds Stationary Fuel Cells to Two Factories

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Bobcat has installed natural gas powered fuel cells at two of its North Dakota factories. The buildings will remain on the commercial power grid while helping the company meet its decarbonization goals. 

Bobcat operates manufacturing facilities in Bismarck and Gwinner in North Dakota, both of which are now operating on the fuel cells. 

Main takeaways include:

  • 14 stationary, natural gas-powered fuel cells from HyAxiom, a fuel cell and hydrogen solutions provider, were installed. 
  • The cells will operate in parallel with the commercial power grid while producing clean energy for the facilities.
  • 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 North Dakota.
  • The 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.
  • HyAxiom's PureCell M400 is a phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) that can use natural gas, hydrogen, 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. Bobcat has also been able to reduce its overall energy use by eliminating two boilers previously required to produce heat on its paint line.

"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."