While Rolls-Royce Power Systems will focus on the development and sale of fuel cell generators as an emergency power generator under the MTU brand, the fuel cells will be supplied by the planned joint venture between Daimler and Volvo.
Daimler Truck AG and Rolls-Royce plan to cooperate on stationary fuel cell generators for CO2 neutral emergency generators to equip sensitive security facilities such as data centers. They must offer zero-emission alternatives to diesel engines currently used as back-up electricity generators or to cover peak consumption. Daimler Truck AG and the British company Rolls-Royce have signed an agreement to this effect. A comprehensive cooperation agreement is to be prepared and signed by the end of the year.
As a reminder, last April Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group signed a non-binding preliminary agreement to create a new joint venture for the large-scale development, production and marketing of fuel cell systems for vehicles. heavy industrial and other applications.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems business plans to rely on the products of this joint venture – and on Daimler's long experience – for the emergency generator sets it develops and distributes for data centers under the brand sales of MTU products and solutions. Daimler and Rolls-Royce have been linked by long-standing cooperation on conventional drive systems for other applications.
At the end of last year, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Lab1886, Daimler's innovation unit for new commercial models, had already agreed on a pilot project to develop a demonstrator for the use of this technology in the field of stationary power supply based on fuel cell modules from the automotive industry. It will be commissioned in Friedrichshafen by the end of the year.