Rittal and SFC Energy conclude cooperation agreement to develop and distribute integrated fuel cell system solutions

  • Both companies’ combined expertise creates efficient autonomous power suppy solutions
  • Power range 25 W to 500 W
  • EFOY ProCabinet, first cooperation result, on show at Hanover Fair

Herborn and Brunnthal/Munich, Germany, April 23, 2012 – Rittal GmbH & Co. KG, world leading supplier of enclosures, power distribution, climate control, and IT infrastructure, and SFC Energy AG, technology and market leader in mobile and remote power solutions based on fuel cells, have concluded a cooperation agreement to together develop and distribute integrated fuel cell system solutions in a power range from 25 W to 500 W on the basis of SFC’s DMFC (direct methanol fuel cell) technology.

In the framework of the agreement, Rittal’s commercial enclosure technology expertise is combined with SFC’s innovative fuel cell know how and long application experience to develop and produce outdoor power supply solutions for industrial applications. Both companies expect synergies in customer acquisition due to the advantages these solutions offer their users: Rittal’s enclosure technology customers profit from the reliable, environmentally friendly, weather independent SFC power generators, SFC fuel cell users benefit from Rittal’s expertise in building compact, robust enclosure solutions with full outdoor capabilities.

As a first result of their cooperation, at Hanover Fair, Rittal and SFC will present EFOY ProCabinet, an individually adjustable, integrated outdoor power solution for autonomous electricity generation with EFOY Pro fuel cell generators in a Rittal enclosure. Just like an “off-grid power socket”, EFOY ProCabinet provides reliable, weather independent power for industrial applications and stand-alone systems in traffic management, railway technology, oil & gas, and wind industry applications, and as back up power supply for critical infrastructure and telecommunication systems.

“Operators of remote off-grid industry systems require reliable power generation and distribution in an integrated package which ensures 24/7 operation of their devices in any weather and season, and is easy to install and operate“, explains Dr. Thomas Steffen, President International R&D, Quality and Service at Rittal GmbH & Co. KG. “Out of our combined expertise we can offer customized solutions for these requirements.”

“The fuel cell generator simply is the best technology for off-grid electricity generation, as it provides power for months on end without requiring maintenance or user intervention, featuring convenient remote control”, says Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy AG. “Integrated into the proven, market leading Rittal Outdoor Systems it represents a highly attractive solution for operators of off-grid equipment.”

Interested parties can experience the new EFOY ProCabinet live at the Rittal booth F14 in hall 11, at Hanover Fair, April 23 to 27.

More information at www.rittal.de,  www.sfc.com.



About Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

Rittal GmbH & Co. KG, which has its headquarters in Herborn, Germany, is one of the world's leading system suppliers for enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure and software & services. Customers from all sectors of industry, from mechanical engineering, as well as from the IT and telecoms market, are making use of system solutions from Rittal.

Its broad product range also includes complete solutions for modular and energy-efficient data centres: from innovative security concepts for data systems (formerly known as Litcos) through to physical data and system security for IT infrastructures (formerly known as Lampertz). The leading software provider Eplan and the software and consultancy company Mind8 supplement the Rittal product portfolio with interdisciplinary engineering solutions.

Founded in 1961, Rittal is now active worldwide with 10 production sites, 63 subsidiaries and 40 agencies. With 10,000 employees worldwide, Rittal is the largest company of the proprietor-run Friedhelm Loh Group based in Haiger, Germany. The entire group employs 11,500 people and generated revenuesof € 2.2 billion in 2011. Further information at www.rittal.com and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com.


About SFC Energy AG

SFC Energy AG (www.sfc.com) is a market leader for off grid and stationary power generation and distribution. With over 24,000 fuel cells sold the Company has successfully and globally established fully commercialized and award winning products in the Consumer, Industry, and Defense & Security markets for many years. Equally successfully, the group develops, produces and globally distributes higher level power management components, e.g. converters and switched mode power supplies. The products increasingly are delivered as power supply system solutions according to customer requirements. SFC is DIN ISO 9001:2008 certified. The Company is based in Brunnthal/Munich, Germany, and operates facilities in the Netherlands and Romania, and a sales organization in the U.S. SFC Energy AG is listed at the Deutsche Boerse Prime Standard (WKN: 756857 ISIN: DE0007568578).