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Leading Fuel Cell Company PowerCell’s PowerPac has the Opportunity to Reduce Diesel Consumption for Norway's Largest Grocery Distributor ASKO

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The newly listed fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB (publ) has together with Norway's largest grocery distributor ASKO, a leading provider of technology for mobile refrigeration ThermoKing Norge and the research institute SINTEF started a development project, Distrocell, to explore the possibility of reducing diesel consumption for electricity generation during loading and unloading at ASKO's future deliveries of up to 90%. The project is partly financed by Transnova and starts in March.

ASKO is Norway’s leading grocery distributor. Together with PowerCell, ThermoKing Norge and SINTEF, the leading Norwegian grocery distributor now starts a project to examine the possibility of reducing diesel consumption for electricity generation during the loading and unloading of ASKO's future deliveries using PowerCell’s power generator PowerPac. The project is partly financed by Transnova.

In connection with the feasibility study of the project Distrocell PowerCell has along with ASKO and SINTEF found a great potential of reducing emissions from ASKO’s distribution vehicles in connection with idling during deliveries. The pilot project showed that with the addition of an PowerPac, the CO2 emissions was reduced by up to 90%, while emissions of CO, NOx, VOCs1 and PM102 was almost eliminated.

“It is incredibly exciting to try PowerPac in a real transportation application and see how our technology has the potential to reduce diesel consumption and emissions in practice. As PowerPac for transportation is not part of our development- and product realization today, this project will give us invaluable information about the benefits, which then could be the basis for future product development decisions”, said Andreas Bodén, Marketing and Sales Manager, PowerCell Sweden AB.

"ASKO’s ambition is to become carbon neutral within energy in 2020. An essential element in this work is to reduce the emissions from our distribution vehicles. Our aim is that 50% of our vehicles shall be running on renewable fuels. ASKO has currently got 600 distribution vehicles on the road every day, so the phasing of a PowerPac on our vehicles will be an important part to be able to reduce our emissions. We look forward to start the project and we see several great opportunities to use fuel cell technology in our operations in the future", said Jørn A. Endresen, Adm. Director, ASKO Midt Norway AS

ASKO is the project manager for the Distrocell project, where ThermoKing Norway will help out with the integration and SINTEF will work with computing and communications.

PowerPac is a power generator that uses diesel fuel to produce electricity, via a catalytic reformer and fuel cells in a more environmentally friendly and efficient way than traditional alternatives. The PowerPac produces no toxic emissions due to the controlled catalytic process in the reformer. The conversion is also highly efficient making fuel cost low compared to traditional solutions. Since no combustion takes place the noise level is kept to a minimum. The diesel fuel’s high energy content makes the PowerPac also suitable for remote power stations.

PowerCell has developed fuel cell technology for more than a decade, and has perfected a unique design that enables the production of a light, versatile and reliable source of power for the automotive, transportation and stationary applications. PowerCell's fuel system converts hydrogen to electricity in an energy efficient and environmentally friendly manner, with zero emissions and quiet operation.

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