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For the moment, let’s reassure the “purists”, it is not a question of putting a fuel cell in a vehicle hit by the Cavalino Rampante. No, to achieve carbon neutrality in production by 2030, Ferrari has decided to supply itself with “carbon-free” electricity. And what could be better than producing your own electricity from biogae or hydrogen?
Here, it is therefore a fuel cell from the American company Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) which will be located in Maranello. This installation will have a power of 1 MW and should, when launched, cover 5% of the energy needs of the head office and the factory. Secondly, it should make it possible to reduce Ferrari’s gas needs by 20%. Please note that this is not just about electricity. Indeed, a hydrogen fuel cell heats up. Thus, the heat released can be recovered to heat the premises, for example. This is called cogeneration and it increases the overall efficiency of the fuel cell.
European production can be decarbonized
For Bloom Energy, the name of Ferrari is a beautiful business card and it is above all the first establishment of the company in Europe. It is without combustion therefore “cleaner” in terms of emissions. No sulfur oxides, no nitrogen oxides or fine particles.
“Ferrari is a legend in the luxury automotive industry. Bloom Energy applauds its commitment to be at the forefront of operational excellence and carbon neutrality across its entire value chain by 2030,” said KR Sridhar, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy.
Benedetto Vigna CEO of Ferrari and KR Sridhar, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy in Maranello
Our opinion, by leblogauto.com
For Bloom Energy, the moment is opportune with the crisis in energy supply in Europe following the desire to do without Russian gas and oil. The fact remains that for the moment, more than 95% of hydrogen is still derived from fossil sources. It will therefore be necessary to obtain supplies of “green hydrogen” and that is another story.
Others like BMW, for example, have chosen to source their “green electricity” from suppliers. This makes it possible, for example, to reduce the “CO2eq debt” of the batteries produced in the factories supplied with this electricity. Sourced materials, “clean” electricity, the challenge of carbon neutrality in the automobile also involves exemplary factories.
As for the hydrogen Ferrari, maybe that will come one day.
Ferrari does not yet put a hydrogen fuel cell in one of its cars. For now, it is the Maranello plant and headquarters that will be equipped with a FC to reduce Ferrari’s overall carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutral production by 2030.