Charging giant ABB has formed a strategic partnership with fuel cell developer AFC Energy to create a charging solution for grid-constrained locations. The system will combine ABB’s energy storage solution and DC fast chargers with AFC Energy’s hydrogen fuel cells to provide a solution for charging sites with limited grid connections.
AFC Energy says its standard solution provides power for charging infrastructure in locations where traditionally a diesel generator would be used.
The companies plan to have their new product ready for deployment in the UK, Europe, US and elsewhere, by the second half of 2021.
“This partnership with AFC Energy allows us to continue to push the boundaries of e-mobility, specifically targeting off-grid applications and thus enabling a much wider reach of e-mobility based on clean energy,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions. “AFC Energy is uniquely positioned with their cost-effective alkaline-based fuel cell technology, which makes it a perfect match.”
“Our partnership with AFC Energy offers potential beyond the traditional EV market,” Muehlon concludes. “The DC fast charging system will have applications for commercial and logistics carriers, marine and urban transport. Sustainable solutions are also being developed for other growing segments like data centers and utilities to enable optimized carbon footprint.”