UQM Technologies, Inc. announced that it had received new fuel cell compressor system purchase orders from several new and existing Chinese customers, including its major Chinese OEM customer.
The new purchase orders are valued at approximately $3 million. All these orders represent incremental new business with shipments expected to be delivered through 2018 into 2019.
UQM’s fuel cell compressor systems (FCS) utilise the UQM permanent magnet motor and controller, paired with an Eaton compressor. The result of this combination is a highly efficient system for supplying air to fuel cell stacks, powering vehicles ranging from automotive and SUVs to medium and large commercial vehicles like buses and work trucks.
These compressor modules are a key component in hydrogen powered fuel cell systems. UQM has seen increasing success for several years now with its state-of-the-art fuel cell compressor system that are customised for a number of propulsion applications for a wide variety of fuel cell stacks and power levels.
The UQM FCS product portfolio accommodates a voltage range of between 270-800 VDC, a pressure ratio ranging between 1.0 to 2.2, and airflow between 100 to 500 kg/h, which allows the Company to target the majority of the market need for fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles.
As UQM CEO Joseph Mitchell stated, “When China expanded their New Energy Vehicles regulations to include fuel cell vehicles, there was a major shift and increase in demand in the fuel cell vehicle market. We continue to expand our customer base and win new business and customers with our proven high performance and cost effective fuel cell compressor system in this growing market, especially in China, but also in Europe and North America. Establishing our fuel cell service centre in Shanghai shows our commitment to this market. Our fuel cell compressor product line has become a key element of our global growth strategy, and we continue to invest in improved performance and cost effective solutions to serve this market.”
The UQM fuel cell compressor modules are an integral component in the fuel cell technology for automotive, and light, medium and heavy-duty vehicle applications. In particular, the systems will be deployed in a number of vehicle applications including full size transit buses, port vehicles, shuttle vans and passenger cars through a broad range of power levels.