We designed and built a power system that will highlight to Extreme E’s global audience the vast potential for today’s newest clean power technologies to displace polluting diesel generators, to which a large quantity of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed.
Engineered to withstand some of the world’s harshest environmental conditions, our specially modified fuel cell system will power vehicles across five continents in Extreme E’s first season, including race locations in the Arctic, Amazon Rainforest, Sahara Desert and the heights of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina.
Following six months of collaborative engineering with Extreme E’s utilities team between July 2020 and December 2020, the fuel cell system underwent a month of intensive commissioning in January at our Surrey assembly facility, alongside battery management systems and vehicle charging infrastructure testing. Following inspection by its Engineering team, it is now safely aboard the series’ floating centrepiece, the St Helena, en-route to the championship’s first race in Saudi Arabia in early April.
Race organisers and teams, including teams run by current Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton (X44), former Champions Nico Rosberg (Rosberg Xtreme Racing) and Jenson Button (JBXE), alongside high profile well-established teams including Andretti United and Chip Ganassi Racing, will charge their ODYSSEY 21 vehicles using electricity generated by our fuel cell power system. This in turn will inspire people, companies, and governments to consider how clean power generation, such as that found in fuel cell technology, can be utilised to urgently respond to the challenges brought on by climate change.
With broadcast deals in place with Sky and BBC (UK), Discovery (Europe), Fox Sports (US, Canada and the Caribbean) and a host of others, the series will have an estimated global TV audience of over 200 million people to highlight the environmental challenge and to showcase the technology used by the series.
A small number of AFC Energy staff will travel to Round 1, the Desert X-Prix in Saudi Arabia in early April, to monitor and maintain the performance of the H-Power system over the race weekend. The system will then subsequently be deployed to its four other races across the remainder of the year, including Dakar, Senegal (29-30 May), Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (28-29 August), Santorem, Brazil (23-24 October) and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (11-12 December).