The rise of every emerging industry is inseparable from the existence of a number of “pioneer cattle”.
In the field of fuel cell testing equipment, Hefei Kewell Power System Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Kewell") is a typical "pioneer cattle". The company has gained a leading position in this segment with its solid product technology. It‘s customers include third-party testing organizations, fuel cell companies, automakers, university research institutes, etc., contributing to the development of fuel cells for an emerging industry.
According to the data, Kewell was established in 2011. Focused on the “communication” of power electronic exchange technology and measurement and control technology platform for 8 years, it has continuously explored various product lines in emerging industries. The company's earliest efforts in the new energy power generation industry, focusing on photovoltaic inverter test equipment, now has become a leader in this field; later extended to the field of new energy vehicles, it’s product covering the core three (battery, motor, electronic control) Testing equipment such as equipment and charging piles.
In recent years, with the rise of fuel cells, Kewell's decision-makers are keenly aware of the business opportunities. Since the end of 2016, they have laid out the fuel cell sector. In 2017, they fully promoted product technology research and development, and entered the harvest of technical achievements in 2018.
The workplace of Kewell fuel cell test equipment
For the original intention of developing fuel cell test equipment business, Kewell’s co-founder and deputy general manager of Kewell, Mr. Jiang said: "firstly is the customer's clear demand; the second is the rapid development of the fuel cell market, but the test equipment is relatively lacking, the opportunity is obvious; the third is that there is a relevant technical foundation that can be extended by using existing technology platforms."
High-tech hydrogen power has learned that as a new industry, the domestic fuel cell market has been in a downturn for a long time, and almost no professional domestic equipment manufacturers provide suitable test equipment for the industry. At that time, fuel cells and vehicle companies could only use expensive foreign equipment or build a simple test platform.
Due to technical limitations, the early fuel cell power is generally less than 10KW, the supporting test equipment power is also small, and energy recovery is not achieved. Nowadays, with the expansion of demand for fuel cells for vehicles, the minimum power requirement of domestic OEMs is 30kW, and the power requirements for test equipment are greatly improved. At the same time, software upgrades and professional after-sales services are required, which drives professionalism service. Equipment manufacturers are involved.
Kewell is one of the most sensitive equipment companies in the sense of smell. In order to rapidly expand the market, it has signed a technology development agreement with a German company with more than 20 years of research and development experience in fuel cell stacks and test equipment based on its own deep technology platform.
"This German company will focus on the development of fuel cell stacks and system products in the future, and also has high attainments in test equipment. The two companies jointly develop high-power fuel cell test equipment based on their respective technology platforms. The technical achievements and technical patents of new products are belong to Kewell.” Jiang Jiaping revealed that in order to broaden the market, the two sides also agreed to promote the European market by mutual cooperation.
With the help of technology, Kewell quickly launched a stack test system and a fuel cell engine test system. The new product and the original DC/DC test system and high-power feedback electronic load form a complete test product line.
The Kewell FCTS-M fuel cell engine test system is suitable for applications such as R&D testing, finished product testing and incoming inspection. The system includes the water, electricity and gas supply units required for the operation of the fuel cell. It also includes a monitoring unit for the operation status of each unit of water, electricity and gas, and monitoring the operating state of the fuel cell engine in real time, and the energy is fed back to the grid. At the same time, the system integrates complete security protection functions to ensure the security and stability of the testing process.
The company FCTS-S fuel cell stack test system can be used to test the output characteristics of the stack under different working conditions. Through the online data monitoring and processing, the characteristic curves of the polarization curve and power curve of the tested reactor can be analyzed and found. The optimal output condition of the stack, while monitoring the output voltage variation of each cell in the stack.
The company's fuel cell DC/DC test system consists by fuel cell-specific test power supply, system integrated control cabinet (including power analyzer, oscilloscope), etc., for high-power DC/DC converter input and output characteristics, efficiency and protection, and communication protocol testing. The fully automated test platform for project requirements greatly shortens test time, improves work efficiency, and ensures product yield.
Due to its outstanding performance, Kewell quickly obtained the support from China Automotive Technology and Research Center, the National Remanufactured Auto Parts Inspection Center, Guohong Ballard, Yihuatong, Remodeling Technology, Hydrogen Technology, Xinyuan Power, Fuersai, Dehua Power, Wuhan Zhongyu, Tomorrow Hydrogen, Dayang Electric, Weichai Power, Yuchai Power, Huahe (Nedstack, Netherlands), Yutong, Jinlong, Geely, Dongfeng, Jiangling Motors, Xiamen Golden Brigade, Hunan leads the market sharing.
As a technology-driven innovation company, Kewell is still working hard to increase research and development. Jiang Jiaping said: "In order to meet the test requirements of high fuel cell power, the company is developing a test system for high-power fuel cell stacks such as 200kW. We have partners in Europe, Japan and Taiwan, aiming to become globally tested. Equipment R&D company."
The current fuel cell industry is in its infancy, and there will be a lot of uncertainty in the market development process, which makes many companies in a state of “deaf”. However, for Kewell, who has been deeply involved in the field of photovoltaic power generation and new energy vehicle test equipment for many years and understands the development cycle of emerging industries, it is precisely the company's expertise.
"In the future fuel cell vehicles cannot completely replace pure electric vehicles and traditional fuel vehicles, but they will certainly occupy a place in the field of new energy vehicles. Fuel cells can also be used in various application scenarios such as backup power, drones, ships, etc., and the market prospect is broad. At the same time, Jiang Jiaping believes that a large amount of abandoned light, abandoned wind and other renewable electricity for hydrogen production, can be converted into hydrogen and transported to where it is needed, and then used by fuel cells, is a sustainable energy source.
Jiang Jiaping added: "Emerging industries are often driven by the government's huge push, and it is often unpredictable. It is believed that the fuel cell industry will do the same. Only by practicing basic skills can companies grasp the opportunities for future development."