GM is planning multiple power generators based on its hydrogen fuel cell charging technology HYDROTEC.
Utilising GM’s Generation 2 HYDROTEC fuel cell power cubes, with outputs up to 600 kilowatts, applications in the pipeline include a mobile power generator, developed with Utah-based Renewable Innovations, to provide a fast-charging capability for EVs without having to expand the power grid or install permanent charging assets in places where there’s only a temporary need for power.
“As pioneers and innovators in the hydrogen power space, Renewable Innovations sees exciting opportunities across consumer, business, government and industrial markets,” comments Robert Mount, CEO and co-founder of Renewable Innovations. “We’ve seen that there’s a need for EV charging in places where there’s no charging equipment, and now we’re committed to bringing the best technology and game-changing applications to market with GM to accelerate the company’s vision of a zero-emissions future.”
Aligned to this, GM and Renewable Innovations have collaborated on the EMPOWER rapid charger to provide more affordable DC fast-charging without significant investment in non-recoverable electrical infrastructure upgrades, such as larger feed wires, transformers and new substations.
While these initial applications are transport related, GM says its new generation hydrogen fuel cell generators could ultimately replace gas and diesel-burning generators at worksites, buildings, movie sets, data centres, outdoor concerts and festivals. They could also back up or temporarily replace grid-sourced electricity for residential and small commercial enterprises at times of power disruption.
“Our vision of an all-electric future is broader than just passenger vehicles or even transportation,” said Charlie Freese, GM executive director of the global HYDROTEC business. “Our energy platform expertise can expand access to energy across many different industries and users, while helping to reduce emissions often associated with power generation.”