In December 2020, we announced the signing of a strategic partnership with ABB, a world leader in electrification and digitalisation technologies that operates in over 100 countries, to develop and launch a bespoke high power EV charging product for distribution through ABB’s market channels from the second half of 2021.

ABB’s commitment to working with the company was further strengthened in April 2021 via a strategic investment into AFC Energy and via the signing of a new Development Agreement specifically relating to the burgeoning global data centre market.

Key product to be developed A fully autonomous, high power EV charging system
Key geographic markets 80 countries, spanning UK, Europe, United States and elsewhere
Principal issue to solve for customer base Lack of power available from grid connections as the charge rate of EV charging infrastructure increases
Technology deployment To initially lever the AFC Energy HydroX-Cell(L) series of fuel cell systems, prior to adding the higher power density “S” series of fuel cells when launched in late 2022

Rapid EV Charging

ABB entered the EV-charging market in 2010, and to date has sold more than 17,000 ABB DC fast chargers across 80 countries.

The strategic partnership aims to leverage respective company technologies with regards AFC Energy’s zero emission, high efficiency fuel cell technology alongside ABB’s energy storage and market leading DC high power EV charge points.

Both companies have invested into a Commercialisation and Marketing Agreement, and Joint Product Development Agreement to showcase the supply of secure, reliable and flexible on-site power generation in ultra-rapid EV charging.  Global EV charging market is expected to exceed US$140bn by 2030 with power network upgrades necessary to facilitate this level of deployment forecast to exceed £50bn in the UK alone.

The Commercialisation and Marketing Agreement will focus efforts on the joint marketing and deployment of integrated high power EV charging systems across key ABB markets including:

  • Private vehicle hubs;
  • Charge point operators;
  • Logistics hubs and distribution centres;
  • Public and private urban transportation (including bus depots);
  • Marine (including port and marina charging); and
  • Vertical Take off and Landing Craft (VTOLs).

Under the agreements, AFC Energy is afforded a Right of First Refusal across multiple years, to supply H-PowerTM fuel cell systems into ABB’s high power EV charging network of international customers where customer or site power demands are absent or require further resilience.

Both companies will jointly market the integrated product across the key addressable markets and will collaboratively develop a communications strategy for system branding and deployment.

The Joint Product Development Agreement (“JPDA”) defines the activities to be undertaken jointly by ABB and AFC Energy in designing principles of system operability, proof of concept testing and productization ready for customer sales.  The final stage of work under the JPDA is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.

Data Centres

ABB and AFC Energy extended their partnership in April 2021 through the signing of a new agreement to develop zero-emission power solutions for the global data centre market, which currently consumes approx. 2% of worldwide power demand. 

ABB’s data centre power solutions currently support many of the world’s largest hyper data centre owners in their quest to achieve Net Zero emissions.  With a strengthening commitment to sustainability and ESG targets, ABB and AFC Energy will now be partnering on the trialling and integration of AFC Energy fuel cells as part of the wider power portfolio of modern-day data centres.