Recently, REFIRE Technology has been included in the List of National Enterprise Technology Centers in 2022 (the 29th batch) jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Taxation, indicating that it has been officially recognized and qualified as the National Enterprise Technology Center.
The National Enterprise Technology Center is one of the top and most influential technological innovation platforms jointly awarded by the NDRC, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Taxation. Before being recognized as the National Enterprise Technology Center, enterprises need to be subject to evaluation of such indicators as innovative talents, technology accumulation, innovation platform, technological output and innovation efficiency. The recognized enterprise should have strong technological innovation capability and remarkable innovation performance, and play a demonstration role in the major industries of the national economy. The evaluation results comprehensively and objectively reflect the strength of enterprises in technological involvement and independent innovation.
Robin Lin, Chairman and President of REFIRE Group, said: “It’s a great pleasure to be credited as the National Enterprise Technology Center. This is an authoritative recognition of REFIRE Group as an innovative high-tech company. It will drive us to continue pursuing the long-term development, improving products, upgrading technology and enhancing sustainable competitiveness in technology.”
As a globally leading enterprise in hydrogen technology, REFIRE Group focuses on technology R&D and product development in the fields of hydrogen fuel cell system and control, fuel cell stack and membrane electrode assembly, and power electronics. With the joint efforts of three business units, namely, fuel cell system (REFIRE Technology), fuel cell stack (UNILIA) and power electronics (Pandong Electric), REFIRE Group has grown into one of the few hydrogen technology enterprises in the industry that connect the whole chain of materials, components and products and realize the independent development and large-scale production of key components such as fuel cell stack, membrane electrode assembly, bipolar plate, hydrogen circulation system, boost converter, with the localization rate of nearly 90%.
Independent innovation and technological iteration empower REFIRE Group to bring advanced hydrogen energy technology products to the market. The upcoming new generation of high-power fuel cell system has achieved significant improvements in power level, service life, efficiency, autonomy, reliability, economy and intelligence, and is suitable for long-distance transportation of heavy trucks. REFIRE Group will also provide more advanced products for such fields as shipping, energy storage and engineering machinery.
Small steps lead to great progress. Over the years, REFIRE Group has been increasing its investment in R&D. It has professional R&D teams worldwide and research centers in Shanghai and Vancouver. The R&D personnel accounts for more than 30% of the workforce, and nearly half of them have master’s or doctoral degrees in electrochemistry, materials, mechanical power, control, etc.
While attracting and cultivating high-level professionals, REFIRE Group has also been increasing its investment in R&D hardware. The company boasts over 100 sets of advanced instruments and equipment, including the most sophisticated fuel cell lab in China, the test platform for parts, systems and the finished vehicle including a complete test and detection platform from parts, systems to finished vehicle, a multi-power system test bench, a vibration test system, a salt spray and composite salt spray box, a walk-in environmental chamber and EMC hydrogen lab. In December 2021, REFIRE Group Testing Center was certified by CNAS, indicating that its hardware, management level and testing technology meet the requirements of the national and international quality management system.
In 2020, REFIRE Group, with its outstanding technological innovation, was rated as the National Key Specialized and New “Little Giant” Enterprises by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology; the industry-university-research project of “key technology and industry application of long-life commercial vehicle fuel cell system” led by REFIRE Group won the first prize of the “China Automotive Industry Awards for Science and Technology” in 2020 and the first prize of “Excellent Project Award of Shanghai Industry-University-Research Cooperation”.
In December 2021, REFIRE Group was credited as the “Single Champion Enterprise in Manufacturing Industry” by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology because of its globally leading market share, production technology and process, core independent intellectual property rights, key performance indicators outperforming other similar products, and the international influence of brands.
In 2022, REFIRE Group has been awarded the “Shanghai Fuel Cell System Technology Innovation Center” by virtue of its industry-leading R&D and innovation strength, and has been selected as the “National Intellectual Property Advantageous Enterprise” by virtue of its complete management system and outstanding management level of intellectual property.
Going forward, REFIRE Group will continue to act as the technology powerhouse of the industry, drive the technological innovation, product design and development, production process optimization, and application promotion, and boost the high-quality development of the hydrogen industry.
In accordance with the Measures for the Accreditation and Administration of National Enterprise Technology Centers (Order No. 34) and the Notice of the General Office of the National Development and Reform Commission on the Accreditation of National Enterprise Technology Center Determination in 2022 (the 29th batch) (NDRC GJ  No. 751), the Department of Innovation and High-tech Development of the NDRC conducted accreditation and re-check of the enterprises recommended and reviewed by the local competent departments. Totally 113 national enterprise technology centers and 8 sub-centers have been accredited for this batch.
Headquartered in Shanghai with a footprint spanning several global markets, REFIRE is the world’s leading deployer of commercial hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The company specialises in the design, testing, prototyping, application engineering, and production of electrolyser products and integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, power machines, stationary power and decentralised grid power products.
As of 2023 Q1, REFIRE fuel cell technologies and products are powering over 4,200 fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) in daily use in 20+ cities around the globe. Combined vehicle mileage exceeds 145 million kilometres.
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