Bobcat Installs 14 HyAxiom Fuel Cells at North Dakota Manufacturing Facilities to Produce Power and Heat

May 17, 2024
The units will operate in parallel with the commercial power grid while Bobcat advances its decarbonization goals through clean energy to power the facilities' operations

Bobcat Company, a global equipment and worksite solutions brand, has installed 14 stationary, natural gas-powered fuel cells from HyAxiom at two of its North Dakota manufacturing facilities. The units will operate parallel with the commercial power grid while Bobcat advances its decarbonization goals through clean energy to power the facilities' operations. 

"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 of Doosan Bobcat North America. "This is just one example of our commitment to advancing our facilities today for a better tomorrow."

HyAxiom's PureCell M400 is a proprietary phosphoric acid fuel cell that can use natural gas, hydrogen, or a blend of fuels to produce rapidly deployable baseload electricity and heat. 

Three fuel cells were installed at Bobcat's Bismark facility to supply the majority of the facility's annual power and heat needs, and the remaining 11 units were installed at the company's Gwinner location, which will provide half of the facility's needs. 

In Bismark, Bobcat can now provide power back to the grid as a registered power producer, reducing the demand on Bismark energy providers and ensuring the grid has adequate power. In addition, the fuel cells produce useable heat, allowing Bobcat to reduce its overall energy use by eliminating two boilers previously required to produce heat on the company's paint lines. 

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