ABB to use alkaline hydrogen fuel cell system for high-power EV charging

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AFC Energy, a provider of hydrogen power generation technologies, has announced that global technology company, ABB, has placed its first order for an alkaline hydrogen fuel cell system.

The order is worth £4m, with the zero-emission power generator system scheduled for delivery ahead of schedule in early 2023.

ABB will use the first 200kW “S” Series system, which can be fuelled with either hydrogen or ammonia, for high-power EV charging.  The collaboration with AFC Energy is designed to enable ABB to provide high-power EV charging to its customers in regions where grid connectivity is absent or constrained.

Over the summer, the companies successfully delivered a fully integrated charging system at ABB’s facility in Estonia when AFC Energy’s “L” Series fuel cell technology was successfully operated in conjunction with ABB’s energy storage and EV charging technology.

The “S” Series generator will use AFC Energy’s new anion exchange membrane (“AEM”) technology to demonstrate world class energy density from a fuel cell.  The “S” Series will be housed in a container approximating the size of a 10ft shipping container.

The 200kW “S” Series is also suitable for other uses where ABB and AFC Energy are collaborating such as in data centres, shipping and off-grid power markets.

Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s E-mobility Division, said:

“With the accelerating transition to electric vehicles there is an increasingly urgent need for additional fast charging capability and particularly in cost effective areas that are not connected to the grid or where the grid is constrained. We believe AFC Energy’s zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell system to be part of the solution that will allow us to make EVs accessible to everyone.”

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