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PowerCell Sweden and Hitachi ABB Power Grids deepen collaboration

Swedish hydrogen fuel cell technology developers PowerCell Sweden AB (PowerCell) and Switzerland-headed Hitachi ABB Power Grids have signed an agreement regarding an in-depth collaboration around fuel cell-based stationary power solutions. The intention is to combine the two companies’ technology and to market fuel cell-based total solution offers that facilitate the transition to more sustainable energy production.

Jenny Larsson (left) Country Managing Director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, and Richard Berkling, CEO, PowerCell Sweden AB (PowerCell) have signed an agreement regarding an in-depth collaboration between the two companies around fuel cell-based stationary power solutions (photo courtesy PowerCell).

According to a statement, the two companies will initially focus on complete, mobile container-based solutions with a power of up to 600 kW, and on module-based stationary megawatt solutions, i.e., with a total power output of more than 1 MW. The generic fuel cell-based complete solutions, including service offers, will be marketed and sold jointly by the companies.

In June 2020, PowerCell Sweden and Hitachi ABB Power Grids signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding a collaboration around fuel cell-based stationary power solutions. The background is the increased demand for hydrogen-electric stationary power solutions that can complement renewable and volatile energy sources.

The companies have since evaluated how to best combine respective company’s technology into attractive complete solutions within hydrogen-electric stationary power. PowerCell’s fuel cell systems and Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ total solutions for grid connection will be the main building blocks.

This collaboration is an optimal combination of each company’s capabilities and resources. For PowerCell’s part it means that we can benefit from Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ great expertise within power solutions and their great geographical footprint, said Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell.

TACC first joint project

In January 2021, PowerCell Sweden received an order for an MS-100 fuel cell system for stationary power from the Texas Advanced Computing Center, TACC, at the University of Texas in the United States (US).

The system will be part of a fuel cell-based stationary power solution at TACC developed by PowerCell Sweden and Hitachi ABB Power Grids and was the two companies’ first joint project.

We look forward to deepening our collaboration with PowerCell Sweden to contribute together towards a carbon-neutral energy future through innovative solutions that strengthen the grid and enable the faster electrification of society. I am proud that our initial collaboration has resulted in us already being able to offer these groundbreaking technical solutions to the market, said Jenny Larsson, Country Managing Director at Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Sweden.

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