AFC Energy, an industrial fuel cell power company, has announced the deployment of CH2ARGETM, the world’s first electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel cell technology.
The breakthrough by the UK-based energy technology company could enable 100% clean electricity for future EV charging.
The new system was recently demonstrated and saw a BMW i8 as the first ever car to be recharged with power generated by a hydrogen fuel cell. The innovation takes place after 10 years of fuel cell research development at the AFC Energy laboratories.
AFC Energy is preparing for the commercialisation of fuel cell-based EV Charge solutions to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly power in the EV market.
The EV market is set to grow rapidly, the UK government has stated that 50% of new car sales will be EV’s by 2030 which will see nine million EVs on the road. By 2040, 100% of new car sales are planned to be EVs leading to the UK’s fleet of 36m cars becoming EVs.
“By 2030, it is estimated that there could be nine million electric vehicles on the roads of Britain, up from 90,000 today,” said Adam Bond, Chief Executive Officer at AFC Energy.
“For this transition, we need charging stations to be embedded throughout the country, as well as seeking innovation solutions to overcome the severe limitations of centrally generated electricity.”
“By developing and demonstrating the effectiveness of our hydrogen fuel cell in the application of EV charging, AFC Energy has shown it is ready to lead the way not only in solving the challenged of increased demand for electricity, but also doing so in a truly zero emissions approach,” Bond concluded.
CH2ARGEincludes AFC Energy’s small-scale fuel cell connected to an inverter which transfers energy created by the fuel cell to a charger. The system is supported by a 48V battery pack to assist the peak power demands. The solution can be tailored for both on and off grid applications and scale up as required.
The demonstration CH2ARGETMsystem was sized to provide sufficient power to charge two EVs concurrently at recharging levels 1,2 or 3. The system’s inverters are controlled via AFC Energy’s fuel cell control system which ensures the safe and precise control of the complete setup.
AFC Energy is looking to enter into discussions with potential OEM partners and suppliers for the production of its CH2ARGETM scalable EV charge systems for commercial deployment.