Sunfire buys German electroplating site ahead of expansion

Sunfire electroplating facility in Solingen. Copyright Sunfire

January 14 (Renewables Now) - Electrolysers maker Sunfire GmbH said today it is acquiring the Solingen branch of German electroplating specialist MTV NT GmbH to get ready for a rapid expansion of manufacturing capacities as order books for its alkaline electrolysis systems are already full.

Sunfire explained in a statement that from next year it will be fabricating pressurised alkaline electrolysers for hydrogen projects on the 100 MW scale and that for this reason it is now establishing a new value chain.

Electroplating, the coating of electrolyser cells in a layer of metal, is a key stage in this process. Sunfire, though, notes that just a handful of companies can implement this at the necessary size, MTV being one of them.

Sunfire is taking over MTV’s Solingen site with plans for it to be overhauled in the coming months.

“This is the perfect route for us to take. It would cost valuable time to build up a brand-new factory from scratch. The perfect production conditions are already in place and we can rely on a highly experienced and competent team,” Sunfire CEO Nils Aldag commented.

It is expected that the first 250-MW coating plant will begin operation by the end of the year. The idea is to double the capacity in 2023 and pursue a gigawatt scale thereafter.

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