Impact, Toshiba, Itochu in New Hydrogen Project
Oct 18, 2022
Hydrogen bus Solaris Urbino. Source: Impact Clean Power Technology
Based on signed in 2021 Memorandum of Understanting, Impact Clean Power technology S.A., ITOCHU Plantech Inc. and Toshina Energy Systems and Solutions Corp. started the development of hydrogen fuel cell systems dedicated for heavy duty transportation. The Fuel Cell Stack is designed by Toshiba and the device has double the lifetime of existing devices.
'We already have more than 10 years of experience in providing hydrogen vehicle solutions around the world,' said Bartłomiej Kras, CEO of ICPT S.A. "We are looking at hydrogen as an energy carrier of the near future. To make it happen, hydrogen must be produced by electrolysers from renewable sources and the whole economy must be switched to hydrogen-based green energy production and a support system. This means switching from natural gas to hydrogen, and it seems it will be a 10-15 years process. A joint project to develop and deploy a hydrogen cell could significantly accelerate the growth of this promising industry."
Based on a Memorandum of Understanding among the three parties which was concluded last year, the parties have studied development of hydrogen fuel cell system for bus by adopting Toshiba ESS's polymer electrolyte hydrogen fuel cell stack which has outstanding durability and stability. Now Toshiba ESS's polymer electrolyte hydrogen fuel cell stacks have been shipped to Impact, and Impact will start testing and verification of hydrogen fuel cell system for bus as the first application. For further information see the IDTechEx report on The Hydrogen Economy, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Production Methods.
Impact is a leading manufacturer of innovative battery systems for transportation, robotics and stationary energy storage in Europe. Combining Toshiba ESS's high durability hydrogen fuel cell stack and Impact's capability of system design and production, Impact aims for early commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell system for mobility which has double longer lifetime than ever existing, and will study possibility of applying to truck, train, ship etc. too in the future.
ITOCHU Plantech is in charge of coordination and logistics for this development, and will develop new application for hydrogen fuel cell with market-oriented approach by utilizing ITOCHU's network.
Through this collaboration, Impact, ITOCHU Plantech and Toshiba ESS aim to expand business in hydrogen value chain in Europe and over the world, and to contribute to development of de-carbonization society.
Impact Clean Power Technology S.A. (headquartered in Warsaw, Poland; Bartlomiej Kras, President of the Management Board; hereinafter Impact), a Polish battery system manufacturer,
ITOCHU Plantech Inc. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Ichiro Shimizu, President & CEO; hereinafter "ITOCHU Plantech"), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Keita Ishii, President & CEO; hereinafter ITOCHU)
Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation (headquartered in Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa; Tadasu Yotsuyanagi, President & CEO; hereinafter Toshiba ESS) For more information, visit: https://icpt.pl/
Source: Impact Clean Power Technology