Advent Technologies’ Methanol Fuel Cell Supplies Highly Efficient Heating and Cooling in New CHP Offering

16 February 2023

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. eleased today the mobile SereneCHP 5kW system. SereneCHP allows users to mix and match heat and power output by powering a heat pump, which significantly increases efficiency. The SereneCHP system can supply up to 13 thermal kW of heat or 10.5kW of cooling. The unit meets the immediate needs of logistics centres, mission-critical and defence operations, housing, and critical infrastructure in remote grid areas.

"Advent’s SereneCHP solution is a game changer for organizations and businesses in remote areas or challenging grid locations that need heat, cooling, and power today. We are listening to the world’s demands and adapting our technology to support the global move to decarbonize with solutions that bring us one step closer to our net zero future,” noted Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Advent Technologies CEO and Executive Chairman of the Board.

The SereneCHP uses readily available methanol as the hydrogen source for the fuel cell package that includes Advent’s SereneU 5kW unit, batteries, an inverter, and, a fuel tank. The SereneCHP operates with add-on components such as heat exchangers and heat pumps, and can add even more thermal capacity beyond the heat pump by harnessing the fuel cell’s heat exhaust. The SereneCHP’s key advantage is its flexibility - when heat is unused, then more electrical power becomes available, and vice versa.

The SereneCHP’s interchangeable energy solutions have multiple combinations, depending on the customer’s geographical requirements. For example, combined heat and power uses an add-on heat exchanger to provide 3kW of heat and 3.5kW of electrical power without a heat pump. This is ideal to power up small- and medium-sized buildings in rural areas or in challenging grid environments. Another option is usage primarily for heat, with optional power generation. For example, a heat pump powered by Serene fuel cells produces 8kW of heat and 1.5kW of electrical power. For cooling, the fuel cell allows for 10.5kW of cooling – ideal for back-up in off-grid and intermittent grid areas.

Advent's new fourth generation product can work autonomously 24 hours a day to provide a primary source of energy, essentially replacing the need for diesel generators or being hybridized with other renewable energy sources. By virtue of its significant CO2 reductions, the SereneCHP enables users to move closer to their net zero goals. Furthermore, SereneCHP enables people living in areas with limited infrastructure to have access to clean heat (and/or cooling) and electricity. The SereneCHP can be quickly deployed with readily available and easily portable liquid fuels and biofuels such as methanol and biomethanol.

Relying on Advent’s patented HT-PEM technology, the SereneCHP has the following advantages:

  • Autonomous operation via an automatic start and stop charge, allowing for fast deployment for urgent needs;
  • Mobility by being light and easily portable;
  • Performance in extreme conditions of ambient temperature -20°C to 50°C, as well as in dense air pollution and heavy humidity;
  • ​Fuel flexibility with the ability to use​ methanol and biomethanol today, and hydrogen/eFuels in the future;
  • Eco-friendly by lowering CO2 emissions by 80%-100%, and eliminating nitrogen oxides (NOx)/sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions and particulate matter;
  • Low noise at <50 dB(A) vs. 85 dB(A) of a diesel generator;
  • Low operational costs with a 30%-80% fuel savings versus diesel and far lower maintenance requirements.

About Advent’s Serene

Advent’s line of Serene solutions includes the core SereneU unit, which is a 5kW fourth generation methanol-powered hydrogen fuel cell that can be configured and/or stacked to meet energy needs up to 250kW. The SereneU is based on Advent Technologies’ proprietary membrane electrode assembly (MEA) and high-temperature proton electrode membrane (HT-PEM), which together not only allow for higher efficiency and performance in extreme temperatures, but also for a lower total cost of ownership and reduced start-up time, while offering fuel flexibility. For more information, visit

About Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a U.S. corporation that develops, manufactures, and assembles complete fuel cell systems as well as supplying customers with critical components for fuel cells in the renewable energy sector. Advent is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in California, Greece, Denmark, Germany, and the Philippines. With more than 150 patents issued, pending, and/or licensed for fuel cell technology, Advent holds the IP for next-generation HT-PEM that enables various fuels to function at high temperatures and under extreme conditions – offering a flexible fuel option for the automotive, aviation, defense, oil and gas, marine, and power generation sectors. For more information, visit

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