California Firm Reaches a Global Licensing Pact with UTC,
Says ‘The Execution of This Agreement is a Game-Changer’
Southern California’s US Hybrid reports a global licensing agreement with United Technologies Corp allowing it to commercialize the proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cells developed by UTC Power in Connecticut.
The PC58 is effectively US Hybrid’s behind a licensing agreement with UTC.
The agreement “advances US Hybrid’s strategy to become the leading provider of integrated fuel cell power systems for transit buses, commercial trucks and off-road vehicles worldwide,” the company says. Coupled with a recent Federal Transit Administration award, it “thrusts US Hybrid to the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing in the medium and heavy duty commercial vehicle sectors.”
“The execution of this agreement is a game-changer for US Hybrid and the commercial fuel cell vehicle industry,” US Hybrid president and CEO Abas Goodarzi said in a release. “This proven PEM fuel cell technology has accumulated millions of miles of revenue transit service with no cell stack failures to date.
‘A Commercially-Viable, Integrated Fuel Cell Power System’
“US Hybrid is committed to improving upon this technology to manufacture a commercially-viable, integrated fuel cell power system to enable the Americas, Europe and Asia to meet their GHG reduction goals,” Goodarzi said.
US Hybrid is likely to keep the ‘PureMotion’ handle for the fuel cells initially developed by United Technologies – seen here in a Van Hool bus operated by Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit.
US Hybrid will continue development and refinement of products including the UTC-developed including the PureMotion 150 (aka the PC58) from UTC – likely keeping the PureMotion tradename, according to business development VP Mike Tosca, himself a UTC veteran. “We could have units available this year,” he told F&F.
US Hybrid has taken over UTC’s fuel cell facility in South Windsor, Connecticut, where it plans to complete development, fabrication and validation of fuel cells with support from its Torrance, Calif. headquarters and from Magmotor in Worcester, Mass.
Already a Supplier of Key Ancillary Gear
US Hybrid notes that it has been a key supplier of such “balance of plant” components as cathode air blowers, DI (de-ionized water) pumps and power converters to UTC and other fuel cell suppliers for more than a decade.
The California company says it will add fuel cell production to its various core competencies: “system design, integration and operation of fuel cell buses, trucks, military and specialty vehicles, as well as supporting fuel cells with component electronics.”
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