PowerCell – The cleanest system so far to convert diesel into electricity

PowerCell develops auxiliary power units (APUs) that produce electricity from various types of fuel. The units consist of a fuel reformer and fuel cell stacks. The fuelreformer makes hydrogen from commercially available fuels such as diesel, gasoline and biofuel. The fuel cellstacks then convert the hydrogen into green electricity and the only waste products are water and carbon dioxide.

  • Auxiliary power unit

Business activities

The advantages are significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional petrol or dieselrun power units due to lower fuel consumption, and no emissions of particles, carbon monoxide, sulfur or nitricoxide. From a commercial perspective, the significant reduction in the overall cost of energy production of 30–40 percent is an important advantage.

PowerCell has developed the fuel cell stacks in-house that are in the company’s APUs and they are being produced in small-scale series production.

Market

  • PowerCell’s stationary APU will be used for longlasting backup (>24 hours) or as a primary powersource for telecom base stations with no or poor powersupplies. In Africa alone there are around 200,000 base stations, 70–80 percent of which have no or poor power supplies
  • PowerCell’s mobile APU for commercial vehicles will be used to significantly reduce emissions when the vehicles are stationary. When an APU is used there is no need for idling, which means fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 75 percent and toxic emissions eliminated. In North America alone there is a fleet of around 700,000 suitable vehicles and new production of around 100,000–125,000 vehicles annually
  • PowerCell’s fuel stacks are designed to be used with different types of fuels, such as pure hydrogen gas and reformate from other fuels – both renewable and fossil fuels. This flexibility means that a large portion of the total fuel cell market is a potential market for PowerCell

Significant events during the year

  • The first test of the PowerPac power unit was carried out in an actual environment in cooperation with a customer at a telecom base station in South Africa
  • PowerCell won the Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (SVCA) award for the most socially beneficial investment in 2014
  • PowerCell expanded its international presence by establishing PowerCell Korea Inc. in the South Korean capital of Seoul in November to be better able to market to the products in Asia
  • PowerCell was listed on the First North market in connection with a new share issue worth SEK 108 million