The companies say their objectives are to increase the lifespan of a typical fuel cell by at least 200%, with focuses on safety and durability.

With demand for electrified deep-sea and large vessels continuing to build, heavy-duty and durable fuel cell solutions are increasingly an important component in the decarbonisation of maritime transportation sector.

In 2021, Echandia supplied a hydrogen-based fuel cell system to partially power what was said to be the world’s first emissions free high-speed catamaran, the Beluga24, designed by Teknicraft and Sculli.

Read more:  Hydrogen powering the word’s first emissions free high-speed catamaran

Magnus Eriksson, CEO of Echandia, said, “Echandia is proud to announce this partnership with Toshiba, a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology. We have a long history of working successfully together, and I am excited to strengthen the relationship further. Toshiba will be an invaluable partner in terms of develop our fuel cell systems.”

The companies have previously collaborated, seeing Echandia build its lithium titanium oxide (LTO) battery system based on Toshiba’s rechargeable LTO battery cell, SCiBTM.

Shigehiro Kawahara, Vice-President of Energy Aggregation Division for Toshiba ESS, commented, “Since Toshiba ESS began working on fuel cell systems in the 1960s, we have been advancing the development of hydrogen-related technologies.

“Striving toward the realisation of a hydrogen society, we aim to provide high value-added hydrogen solutions by integrating related technologies such as renewable energy-derived hydrogen energy. By expanding our business through this collaboration, we will help make a carbon-neutral society a reality.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.