Acta and APFCT to Jointly Develop Fuel Cell Scooter Refuelling System

14 Dec 2011

 

APFCT scooter

  • Acta’s electrolyser stack technology to be integrated into APFCT’s refuelling system which uses exchangeable low pressure hydrogen canisters.
  • The system will support commercialisation of APFCT’s fuel cell scooters; production target of 1,000 fuel cell scooters during 2012.
  • Commitment to purchase a minimum of 375 stack units from Acta over the first eighteen months from certification (expected to be within Q1 2012).
  • Expected revenue value to Acta of €700,000 to €900,000 during 2012 to 2013.

Acta SpA has signed a Development and Commercial Supply Agreement with Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd (APFCT) for the development and supply of light electric vehicle refuelling stations using Acta’s hydrogen generating technology.

Acta and APFCT will work together to integrate Acta’s electrolyser stack technology into APFCT’s current electrolyser-based refuelling system for light electric vehicles including fuel cell scooters. Thereafter, Acta will supply the stacks and related control electronics to APFCT for the production of refuelling systems.  

APFCT scooter canister exchangeAPFCT is a Taiwanese fuel cell product manufacturer and system developer which specialises in the application of PEMFCs to two-wheel and four-wheel light electric vehicles. Its product range includes a low pressure hydrogen storage canister system that allows users to swap used for full canisters through a refill ‘vending’ system, with a refuelling time of less than one minute. 

This vending system overcomes the barrier of establishing a local consumer hydrogen infrastructure.

The company’s fuel cell scooters (top) have a maximum speed of up to 60 km/h with up to 90 km range on each fill. The company aims to produce 1,000 fuel cell scooters during 2012 and plans to expand rapidly within the global scooter market, where currently over 50 million units are produced per annum of which 75% are sold in China, India and South East Asia.

APFCT has selected Acta’s stack technology after successful evaluation tests were completed over the last few months and following the supply of the electrolyser and stack units by Acta earlier in the year.  APFCT.

Jefferson Yang, Chairman of APFCT, said, “Acta’s unique hydrogen generation technology is an ideal fit for our own fuel cell refuelling system using low pressure hydrogen exchange canisters and we are excited about the commercialization enabling hydrogen generation technology that we expect to realise through this Agreement.  We can see the potential for Acta becoming a strategic partner as we move into commercial volumes beginning next year.”

The parties have already begun the joint commercialisation of the system, and under the terms of the agreement, APFCT has committed to the purchase of a minimum of 375 stack units over the first eighteen months from certification, which is expected to be completed within the first quarter of 2012, to maintain exclusivity for the application.  Based upon the size of stack units to be purchased and the current product pricing, the purchase commitment is expected to have a minimum revenue value to Acta of €700,000 to €900,000 during 2012 through to the end of 2013, with strongly positive gross margins.

Paolo Bert, Chief Executive Officer of Acta, said, “Acta’s aim is to bring hydrogen generation and fuel cell technology to the mass market by making these systems cost effective and compatible with each other.  We are delighted to be partnering with this exciting company, and look forward to supporting them to achieve their ambitious growth targets over the coming years.”

For more information on Acta and APFCT see:

www.actagroup.it

www.apfct.com

Images: APFCT scooter and canister exchange (Acta SpA)

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