UQM Technologies, Inc., a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced the introduction of its Integrated Fuel Cell Compressor System (“PowerPhase FCS”).
This product is designed to meet growing demand in the fuel cell market for a high performance, cost-effective compressor solution. Few competitors feature an integrated high efficiency motor and controller – making UQM’s model the lowest cost, space-optimised design that can be adapted to different compressor options.
UQM CEO Joseph Mitchell stated, “We have seen great progress with our fuel cell compressors over the past few years, and our customers have requested that we optimise our system for performance and cost. Based on this feedback, and general market demand, we have made a significant strategic investment to design and launch what we feel is the premier fuel cell compressor system in the market today. We’ll be introducing this product in China, the largest market for fuel cell technology globally, particularly in heavy-duty applications. Initial feedback from potential customers has been very positive, and we look forward to launching the system in early 2019.”
The fully integrated fuel cell motor/inverter/compressor has been customised for a wide range of fuel cell applications. The system provides a number of benefits to fuel cell suppliers including improved packaging, the elimination of a number of components – such as cables and connectors between the motor and inverter – and overall optimised performance.
UQM’s PowerPhase FCS product portfolio aims to cover the majority of market need for fuel cell electric vehicles, supporting fuel cell stacks from 30kW-150kW and 270-800 VDC voltage range, a pressure ratio ranging from 1 to 2.2, and airflow from 100 to 500 kg/h. The product will be rolled out in 2019.
Current UQM fuel cell compressor systems are already deployed in a number of vehicle applications including full size transit buses, port vehicles, shuttle vans and passenger cars across a broad range of power levels.