PowerCell Sweden and Hitachi ABB Power Grids deepen collaboration within stationary power solutions

Source: press release, 6 May 2021

Jenny Larsson, Country Managing Director at Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Sweden, and Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell, during the agreement signing
Jenny Larsson, Country Managing Director at Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Sweden, and Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell, during the agreement signing (illustration: PowerCell)

PowerCell Sweden AB and 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 facilitates the transition to a more sustainable energy production.

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 1,000 kW. The generic fuel cell-based complete solutions, including service offers, will be marketed and sold jointly by the companies.

In June last year, PowerCell Sweden and Hitachi ABB Power Grids signed a memorandum of understanding 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.

In January, PowerCell Sweden received an order for a MS-100 fuel cell system for stationary power from the Texas Advanced Computing Center, TACC, at the University of Texas. 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.

“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,” Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell says.

“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,” says Jenny Larsson, Country Managing Director at Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Sweden. “I am proud that our initial collaboration has resulted in us already being able to offer these groundbreaking technical solutions to the market.”