PowerCell Unveils Prototype Fuel Cell for Producing Electricity from Road Diesel

21 May 2013

PowerCell PowerPac

Nordic fuel cell technology leader PowerCell today unveiled a functioning full-scale prototype of its PowerPac fuel cell system. PowerPac is the first functioning full-scale prototype fuel cell system in the world for production of electricity from road diesel in a clean, silent and cost efficient manner. It is aimed primarily at the transport and telecom markets.

PowerCell, a Swedish energy technology company with roots in the Volvo Group, will now extensively test and demonstrate the PowerPac prototype to the global industry and media from the company’s headquarters and research center in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The main target groups for PowerPac are: truck manufacturers, owners of trucks, mobile operators, owners of base stations and other telecom infrastructure and the military sector. Manufacturers and owners of recreational vehicles (motor homes) and marine leisure boats are also potential target groups. All are industries with a need to generate electricity in a cost efficient and logistically uncomplicated way, with silent operations and minimal or no emissions.

“After long and intensive research, we are pleased to now have the world’s first functioning fuel cell system that can convert ordinary road diesel to electricity in a silent, clean and cost-efficient manner,” said Magnus Henell, CEO, PowerCell. “We expect the interest from the transport, telecom and other sectors to be huge, given these industries’ need to reduce operating expenses while at the same time find power solutions that are clean, sustainable and compliant with ever-stricter environmental legislation. PowerCell is now actively seeking partners in relevant areas in order for us to industrialize and commercialize the technology over the coming years.”

PowerPac is a fuel cell system that converts road diesel to electricity with high efficiency. The system is based on proprietary and patented technology. The unit is much more efficient than a small ICE (internal combustion engine) generator in combination with an environmental friendly exhaust. The unit produces about 3kW of electric energy.

The PowerPac auxiliary power unit consists of three modules:

  • The fuel reformer module (converts standard low sulphur diesel to a hydrogen rich gas)
  • The fuel cell module (combines the hydrogen stream from the fuel reformer with air to produce power)
  • The power electronics module to deliver power to the user

The heart of the PowerPac is the reformer, which converts road diesel into hydrogen rich gas with high efficiency through a controlled 100 per cent catalytic process. Since no combustion takes place there are no toxic emissions and the noise level is kept to a minimum.


Source: PowerCell (emailed press release)

The media is invited to a demonstration of PowerPac at PowerCell’s research facilities in Gothenburg, western Sweden, preferably June 24-27. Please contact: Jenny Widing by email jenny@widingcommunications.se or phone + 46 709 85 30 20 for additional information and to arrange a meeting.


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