Developer of energy solutions for maritime electrification Echandia has entered an agreement to deepen its collaboration with Toshiba. Under the new agreement the partnership will develop fuel-cell technology combined with batteries to accelerate electrification of the maritime industry. The duo’s objective is to develop the market for maritime fuel cell solutions with a focus on extreme heavy-duty applications. Through the collaboration, both Echandia and Toshiba believe it will be possible to increase the lifespan of a typical fuel cell by at least 200%.
“Echandia is proud to announce this partnership with Toshiba, a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology,” commented Magnus Eriksson, CEO, Echandia. “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 developing our fuel cell systems.”
“Since Toshiba ESS began working on fuel cell systems in the 1960s, we have been advancing the development of hydrogen-related technologies,” explained Shigehiro Kawahara, vice president of the Toshiba ESS, Energy Aggregation Division. “Striving toward the realization 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.”
Echandia and Toshiba have worked in strategic collaboration before, with Echandia’s Lithium Titanium Oxide-based (LTO) battery systems being based on Toshiba’s rechargeable LTO battery cell SCiB.