REFIRE Participats in China International Diesel Engine Summit, Discussing New Energy Technology trends for Carbon Neutrality


The 10th China International Diesel Engine Summit was held in Shanghai from January 12 to 13, 2021. Industry experts and representatives from government departments, industry associations, and automotive enterprises discussed policies and regulations on energy-saving and emission reduction, hot topics of business model innovation, and development trends of new energy and future technology at the summit. Dr. Chris Guzy, Chief Technology Officer of REFIRE, delivered a keynote speech on “Exploring the Commercial Application of Fuel Cell Technology” at the summit.

Dr. Chris Guzy, Chief Technology Officer of REFIRE, giving a speech

During his speech, Dr. Chris Guzy shared with participants the commercial application of REFIRE’s fuel cell technology, product mix and the main development pathway of fuel-cell powered heavy truck.

As Dr. Chris Guzy put it, the International Energy Agency has proposed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 (NEZ2050), which would demand enormous and all-encompassing efforts over the world. On September 22, 2020, China pledged to increase its nationally determined contributions, aiming to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060. Clean energy transition in transportation is crucial to carbon emission reduction and promoting hydrogen energy and developing hydrogen economy is a significant part of it.

BloombergNEF predicts that by 2040, 50% of the world’s heavy trucks will be powered by new, clean energy. As a huge commercial vehicle market, China has 7 million heavy trucks in 2019, about one-third of the world’s total of 20 million trucks, while enjoying a sound industrial foundation and policy system, as well as great potential of fuel cell application in commercial vehicles. Following China’s new policy of the Notice of Five Ministries on Launching Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Applications, the fuel cell vehicle industry has ushered in a stage of demonstration application led by city clusters and heavy commercial vehicles.

Oriented to the medium and long-term market demand for heavy commercial vehicles, REFIRE is engaged in the forward engineering in response to the scenario needs. The PRISMA Series introduced in early 2020 provides zero-carbon power for heavy commercial vehicles while meeting the requirements of running with high pressure and high load in a severe environment, which can be found in multiple scenarios including industrial product transport, intercity high-speed logistics, freight dedicated line, slag transport, and municipal services.

Dr. Chris Guzy said that four paths need to be followed to achieve the scale development of fuel cell heavy trucks: establishing a “green” energy system for large-scale hydrogen production and use; building infrastructure based on scenario needs; developing and validating sustainable commercial scenarios; making breakthroughs in key technology development, including a complete vehicle platform based on scenario-oriented forward engineering, a supply chain system and production process suitable for scale development, and key technologies to improve durability, environmental adaptability and low cost.

REFIRE is a global leading provider of fuel cell technology with its main business covering research and development of fuel cell technology, manufacturing of fuel cell systems and related engineering services. As one of the largest companies in the world offering fuel cell systems that can be used in the most models, REFIRE has provided fuel cell products and engineering services for more than 40 clients, including FAW Jiefang, Dongfeng, Yutong, Zhongtong and Mitsubishi Fuso as of Q4 2020. REFIRE’s fuel cell technology has powered 2,600 vehicles worldwide with a total mileage exceeding 50 million kilometers, the longest operating distance of fuel cell-powered commercial vehicle to date, contributing to carbon reduction of nearly 7,000 tons.

REFIRE set up booth to showcase the PRISMA Series and its application practice in multiple scenarios, which has attracted many participants at the summit.

REFIRE’s Booth

Going forward, REFIRE will continue to deepen cooperation with its industry chain partners to jointly promote the scale development of fuel cell technology, explore more diverse commercial applications, and contribute to the global carbon neutrality goals.



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