Sunfire GmbH, Germany Winner 2017

What is the best reasons to enter the Kanthal® Award competition?

To get into deep touch with other users of heating technology and Kanthal as a leading supplier of it. We were able to take new ideas from the discussions and trips to the Kanthal workshops back home to come up with better products – and simultaneously we had a good, motivating time with everyone.

What is your best memory from the Kanthal Award ceremony?

The Kanthal Award ceremony itself was the highlight for us – but generally speaking, the whole trip remains a very nice memory for us.

Any hint for applicants on how they should phrase their entry?

Keep it short and simple – and hopefully you’re doing something good for our planet. If so, tell people about it to inspire them!

Sebastian Becker, Sunfire

Kanthal® Award is open for applications until May 31.

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This is Sunfire GMBH

Founded in 2010, Sunfire GmbH develops and manufactures high-temperature electrolysis (SOEC) and high-temperature fuel cells (SOFC).

Steam electrolysis splits steam into hydrogen and oxygen. It is a particularly efficient method powered by renewable energy. The resulting hydrogen can be efficiently converted to a crude oil substitute using Sunfire’s power-to-liquids process. Alternatively, it can be used for H2 mobility and in industrial applications without any further processing.

High-temperature fuel cells from Sunfire can be used to produce power and heat particularly efficiently based on cogeneration. Decentral cogeneration at the lower end of the power output range is seen as an energy concept of the future as it allows power and heat to be generated on demand exactly where it is needed.

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The jury's motivation

Sunfire GmbH has developed a process converting regenerative power, CO2 and water into synthetic gas or a crude oil substitute (Blue Crude) which has the potential to satisfy the key need for CO2-neutral transportation fuels for the sustainable society of tomorrow. Sunfire is nominated for their process which utilizes waste heat with the help of efficient high temperature flow heaters to maximize the overall efficiency.