PowerCell Sweden’s fuel cell systems will power truck and trailer refrigerator units developed by Robert Bosch.
The fuel cell manufacturer on Friday (July 16) said it had received an approximately €1.3m ($1.5m) for the systems, however, this could be extended if the initial development goes well. If that happens, PowerCell Sweden would also manufacturer the new stack.
According to a statement, the development assignment means that the current partnership between PowerCell Sweden AB and Robert Bosch GmbH will be expanded, after having previously been limited to the S3 fuel cell stack and powering vehicles in the traditional automotive segment.
The fuel cell system for which PowerCell Sweden has now received an order for initial development will be based on a down-scaled version of PowerCell’s S3 fuel cell stack.
Commenting on the news, Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell Sweden, said, “By expanding our partnership in fuel cells and producing a down-scaled volume version of our S3 stack, we will be in an even better position to capitalise on the major commercial potential of fuel cell technology in general and our S3 stack in particular.”
If PowerCell does manufacture the stack, the system will meet demand for hydrogen-electric solutions with output of up to 30kW, and will offer a competitive alternative to fossil-based power generation in a number of volume applications alongside refrigerator units, including telecom masts and base stations.
PowerCell Sweden AB and Robert Bosch GmbH signed a joint development and licensing agreement for the PowerCell S3 fuel cell stack in April 2019. Under this agreement, Robert Bosch GmbH was granted exclusive rights to manufacture and sell the S3 fuel cell stack to the automotive segment for a period, while PowerCell retained its right to sell the stack to customers in all other segments, such as stationary, marine and off-road.