Nissan Teams With Ceres For Future Fuel-Cell Tech For EVs
Nissan doesn’t limit its research to battery-electric cars. In fact, it actively explores fuel cell tech too.
The Japanese company recently entered a partnership with Ceres Power, the UK-based developer of the SteelCell – a low-cost Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology for operation with a variety of high-efficiency fuel types (including biofuels), which could be used as range-extender in plug-in vehicles.
“Why is our SteelCell® Unique?
It’s the unique chemistry of our people and our technology that differentiates the SteelCell®. With sixteen years of intelligent investment in research and development, it is no coincidence that Ceres Power’s platform is attracting the attention of the biggest and brightest minds in the energy sector.
With the potential to be the most cost-effective and robust fuel cell technology, the SteelCell® offers exceptional efficiency and unrivalled reliability. As a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), the SteelCell® can use conventional fuels like mains natural gas from the existing infrastructure and can make an immediate improvement to energy costs, CO2 emissions and energy security for businesses, homes and vehicles.”
Nissan already offers gasoline-electric series hybrids e-POWER in Japan (non-rechargeable) and having a fuel-cell version would be just another powertrain option.
Under the new project, Ceres Power will receive £7 million ($9.1 million) for the developments. Only time will tell whether it will result in a new REx for BEVs or new series-hybrids.