Ceres Power, developer of the SteelCell, a low cost Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology, announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Nissan to further develop fuel cell technology for EV applications.
Ceres Power and The Welding Institute (“TWI”) have been awarded a total of £8 million ($10.3 million) UK government funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (“APC”) for this project.
Nissan, Ceres Power and TWI to enter into a new partnership to further develop fuel cell technology for EV application. Ceres Power will receive £7 million ($9 million) funding and TWI will receive £1 million ($1.3 million) funding from APC as part of an overall £19 million ($24.5 million) programme over 3 years.
New partnership builds on the successful Joint Development with Nissan over the past 2 years and sees Ceres Power accelerating commercialisation of its SteelCell fuel cell technology in automotive markets. This comes soon after Ceres Power’s recent announcement of a strategic partnership with China’s Weichai Power to develop its technology for China’s fast-growing electric powered bus market .
After a successful two-year Innovate UK funded development programme (EVRE – Electric Vehicle Range Extender), this project is the natural next step towards increased technology and manufacturing readiness for mass production of Ceres Power’s SteelCell for automotive applications.
This project will involve the design, build, test and demonstration of a compact, robust, UK-produced SOFC stack, deployed within a Nissan designed fuel cell module suitable for operation with a variety of high efficiency fuel types (including biofuels).
The UK Government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, which requires a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, is accelerating the shift to battery Electric Vehicles. Introducing fuel cell technology alongside batteries further enables increased drive range and has a significant role to play in the acceleration of the uptake of battery EVs.
The SteelCell continues to attract world-class OEMs that are looking to develop an alternative to combustion engine technologies. Ceres Power has six strategic partners, including Cummins, Honda & Nissan, two as yet unnamed partners.
Phil Caldwell, CEO of Ceres Power, said, “The SteelCell is now setting the standard for solid oxide fuel cell technology around the world. This year we have delivered on our commercial objectives and we continue to target an additional broad strategic collaboration in 2018.”