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Doosan Mobility Innovation to develop hydrogen-fueled firefighting robots


Two firefighting robots produced by Chinese robot maker CITIC HIC Kaicheng Intelligence Equipment Co.
Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI), a producer of portable fuel cell power packs, on Tuesday signed a deal with a Chinese robot maker to jointly develop hydrogen fuel cell-powered firefighting robots.

Under the deal with CITIC HIC Kaicheng Intelligence Equipment Co., DMI will work together to establish sales networks in China and other countries.

The two companies plan to release a prototype of hydrogen fuel cell-propelled robots in the first half of the year and to start commercial production within this year.

CITIC HIC Kaicheng Intelligence Equipment has about 50 types of self-developed special robots and represents 70 percent of market share in the Chinese firefighting robot market.

The Chinese firefighting robot market grew to 600 billion won (US$537 million) last year, with demand for the robots estimated to reach up to 5000 units annually.

The hydrogen fuel cell helps reduce the weight of rechargeable battery-propelled firefighting robots and extend their operation hours.

DMI plans to expand its hydrogen fuel cell solution in various mobility applications.