PowerCell Sweden has inaugurated “one of the world’s most complete and powerful” fuel cell laboratories at its premises in Gothenburg.
The brand new facility comprises two test beds, each with a testing capacity for fuel cells and fuel cell systems of up to 150 kW, providing PowerCell with an additional total testing capacity of 300 kW. The new laboratory is an important expansion of the existing test capacity.
“This is one of the world’s most complete and powerful fuel cell laboratories,” said Martin Berggren, Head of the Laboratory at PowerCell.
“This new laboratory represents a significant improvement of our ability to run long-term tests of the really powerful stacks that will be required for a commercially viable electrification of heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and buses.”
The construction of the new laboratory has been going on for almost a year and the total investment amounts to approximately SEK 25m ($2.7m).
The decision to build the new facility was made against the back of the steadily growing interest within an increasing number of market segments, for electrification using fuel cells and hydrogen (H2).
The automotive industry was the first to test fuel cells running on H2, but the interest for using the technology for a transition to a more sustainable use of energy is spreading to several new segments, such as trucks and buses, marine applications and stationary power.
“As new sectors begin to test this technology, we must be able to develop ever more powerful fuel cell stacks and fuel cell systems, and here our new laboratory will play a very important role,” Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell added.
PowerCell has already begun to explore new market segments. Back in August, the Swedish company signed a MOU with the German industrial company Siemens AG, for the joint development of fuel cell-based drive and power generating systems for commercial shipping.