Swedish hydrogen fuel cell technology developer PowerCell Sweden AB (PowerCell) has announced that it has received a follow-on order for S3 fuel cell stacks for additional tests from an undisclosed global automotive OEM. The order value is approximately SEK 2.6 million (≈ EUR 242 259) and delivery is expected to take place during the fourth quarter this year.
According to a statement, the unnamed automotive OEM has previously placed orders for PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks as well as MS-100 fuel cell systems for tests and evaluations. The company now wants to expand its tests of fuel cells and has therefore placed an order for additional PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks.
The S3 stack is the most powerful of all PowerCell stacks and combines compact design with low weight and high-power density. The stack has been specifically designed and developed for automotive applications.
The climate crisis and increasingly stricter CO2 emissions regulations present the automotive industry with an unavoidable transformation. This puts the automotive OEMs under a great pressure to electrify their drivetrains, and fuel cells running on hydrogen offer a number of advantages compared to batteries as they provide an electric drive without limited range or time-consuming charging, Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell said.
According to the company, a vehicle running on hydrogen and fuel cells can be re-fuelled almost as quickly as a vehicle running on fossil fuels and has approximately the same range and payload capacity.
Another advantage is that electrification with fuel cells and hydrogen does not require investments in a specific charging infrastructure. A fuel cell running on hydrogen produces electricity with no other exhausts than pure water.
At the recently held automotive fair IAA in Frankfurt (Germany) it was obvious that the automotive industry is increasing its efforts within the fuel cell technology. Bosch showcased a fuel cell system built around the PowerCell S3 fuel cell stack and several other leading European and Asian OEMs presented different current and coming types of fuel cell vehicles, ended Per Wassén.