Headquartered in Shanghai, China, REFIRE is a leading global provider of hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The company specialises in the design, testing, prototyping, application engineering and production of integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles and marine applications.
At the heart of REFIRE hydrogen fuel cell systems is platinum-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) stack technology.
REFIRE’s fuel cell systems are characterized by industry-leading product reliability, durability, freeze-start performance and fuel efficiency for light- to heavy-duty commercial vehicle applications.
Audrey Ma, Vice President, Marketing, Branding and International Business at REFIRE says “Our aggregated mileage of over 75 million kilometres (as of mid-August 2021) is testament to this and has been accrued by over 2,700 fuel cell vehicles in daily operation. This represents a saving of over 39,000 tonnes of kerbside carbon emissions –equivalent to approximately 100 round-trip flights between Shanghai and New York.”
REFIRE is constantly striving to improve the area power density of its fuel cells to maximise the power achieved per gram of platinum. This optimum is achieved by balancing the fuel cell system design with the stack and Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA).
REFIRE sees strong potential for FCEV growth, especially with the further expansion of the new energy vehicle (NEV) industry under China’s 2060 carbon-neutral directive.
According to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) statistics, from January to July 2021, China’s domestic new vehicle sales were 14.756 million units, of which 1,478,000 were NEVs, an increase of over 190 per cent year-on-year.
Recent plans (NEV Industry Development Plan & Energy Saving and New Energy Vehicle Technology Roadmap 2.0) will also help to stimulate the market for FCEVs. By 2035, the market share of NEVs in China is expected to exceed 50 per cent, with the number of FCEVs reaching around one million.