Today, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology determined the sixth list of individual champion enterprises (and products) in the manufacturing industry according to “The Implementation Plan of Special Actions for Cultivating and Upgrading Individual Champion Enterprises in the Manufacturing Industry” (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology  No. 105), after enterprise application, local recommendation, industry association limited qualification demonstration, expert discussion and other procedures. As recommended by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology and the Shanghai Federation of Industry and Economics, a total of 8 enterprises were shortlisted for the sixth list of individual champion manufacturing companies (and products). REFIRE won the gold list title with its hydrogen fuel cell products that are used in the field of commercial vehicles.
Since the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued “The Implementation Plan of Special Actions for Cultivating and Upgrading Individual Champion Enterprises in the Manufacturing Industry” in 2016, and implemented the strategy of cultivating individual champions in the manufacturing industry, 6 lists of individual champions have been selected across the country. According to the standards issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, individual champions of the manufacturing industry include individual champion model enterprises and individual champion products. The list must meet the standards of professional development, strong innovation ability, high quality and efficiency, and a sound management system.
The industries of the individual champions of the manufacturing industry are all key industries in the transformation and upgrading of China’s manufacturing industry and the creation of China’s manufacturing technology high ground. They are the keys to further enhancing the international competitiveness and influence of Chinese manufacturing and innovation. In this process, the leading company in each industry plays the main role of technology engine and is the main promoter of technological innovation, product design and development, continuous optimization of production processes, and application promotion.
As a fuel cell technology provider, REFIRE has always carried out independent innovation around fuel cell technology and core components, continuously improved its degree of autonomy, and gradually mastered the core technology and integration and production processes of components such as stacks, membrane electrodes, DC/DC, and controllers. Three major cores have been constructed for system design and control technology oriented to high economy, non-destructive low temperature start technology oriented to high-cold environments, and stack material systems oriented towards long-life along with water-heat balance technology.
Star products blessed with technical strength have also emerged as demanded this year. In June 2021, REFIRE launched the 130kW high-power PRISMA XII+ fuel cell system, which was independently developed by the company based on the large-scale application trend and demand of the heavy-duty field, especially heavy-duty trucks. Mass power density, BOP power consumption at system rated power, system efficiency, stack volume power density and other technical indicators have been significantly improved over previous ones. In their subsequent participation at the 4th CIIE, the German International Automobile and The Smart Mobility Expo (IAA Mobility 2021) and Dubai World Expo, they won unanimous recognition and praise on top domestic and foreign platforms.
REFIRE participates in 4th CIIE
Continuous technological breakthroughs have also benefited from REFIRE’s devoted efforts in technological research and development. The REFIRE Technology Laboratory, which has just been accredited by the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS), is one of the domestic fuel cell laboratories with large investment and an outstanding degree of specialization. It has a complete testing platform from components and systems to complete vehicles. The platform includes more than 100 sets of advanced professional instruments and equipment such as multi-power level system test benches and vibration test systems.
Meanwhile, REFIRE has always regarded organizational ability and corporate culture as an important cornerstone of corporate development and technological innovation, encouraged tenacity, courage, cooperation, innovation and other qualities, continues to optimize the talent cultivation and incentive systems, and creates a “scientific research soil” that is conducive to innovation. Relying on its outstanding achievements in talent cultivation, REFIRE recently became the “Jiading District Talent Service Demonstration Unit” of 2021.
High-quality development is the main theme of China’s economic and social development in the “14th Five-Year Plan” and will be for even longer. It includes the high-quality transformation and green transformation of the manufacturing industry. As the Director of the Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng said in the 15th China-Japan Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Forum recently, “Promote green transformation in development and achieve greater development in green transformation.” On December 24, 2021, the National Energy Administration announced a “roadmap” for energy work in 2022, in which fields including hydrogen energy, nuclear power, renewable energy, oil and gas, and energy storage have become the focal points of technological research.
Against this background, speeding up innovation in major energy technology and equipment is the top priority. In the “Announcement on the First (Set) of Major Technical Equipment Projects in the Energy Sector in 2021” announced by the National Energy Administration not long ago, hydrogen energy products of REFIRE and Beijing Low-Carbon Clean Energy Research Institute, CSSC 718 Research Institute, and Jiangsu Guofu Hydrogen Energy Technology Equipment Co., Ltd. were listed among them. The technical equipment independently developed by REFIRE will be used in the demonstration project of a 100-kilowatt fuel cell integrated energy system in Shanghai Sinopec Park.
Headquartered in Shanghai, REFIRE is the world’s leading deployer of commercial hydrogen fuel cell zero-emissions technologies. The company specialises in designing, testing, prototyping, application engineering and in integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, power supply units, and marine applications.
As of Q1 2021, REFIRE fuel cell technologies and products are powering over 2,700 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in daily use in 15 cities across China, as well as various projects in five other countries. To date, combined vehicle mileage exceeds 63 million kilometres.
Marketing & Communications Department, REFIRE