UK hydrogen power specialist AFC Energy is partnering with Smart Transport member ABB to bring a hydrogen-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging solution to the global market.
With the global EV charging market expected to exceed US$140 billion (£104bn) by 2030, this collaboration will support the worldwide delivery of the charging infrastructure required to meet such a demand, AFC Energy said.
It will also create a new solution that will provide “secure, efficient, flexible and reliable local power supplies, with zero emissions”.
The partnership will focus on key ABB markets, including private and logistics vehicle hubs, charge point operators, and urban transportation.
The charging systems could also be used to power marine and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft as electrification continues to permeate the aviation and marine industries.
The joint system will be ready for deployment initially in the UK, Europe, United States and elsewhere, by the second half of 2021.
Frank Muehlon, head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions, said: “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.”
He added: “Our partnership with AFC Energy offers potential beyond the traditional EV market. 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 centres and utilities to enable optimised carbon footprint.”
Adam Bond, chief executive officer at AFC Energy, said: “This is a key step on the journey to full decarbonisation of mobility and transport across the globe, as we continue to drive down costs and further increase manufacturing scale, underwritten by emerging global market opportunities.”