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Faurecia to develop and manufacture fuel cell tanks for electric vehicles

Gains exclusive access to intellectual property and process know-how of carbon fibert composite hydrogen tanks from Stelia Aerospace Composites.

Stephen Moore

May 26, 2017

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Faurecia to develop and manufacture fuel cell tanks for electric vehicles

Tier I parts supplier Faurecia plans to, with the support of Stelia Aerospace Composites, design, industrialize and commercialize high-pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fiber composites for fuel cell electric vehicles.

Faurecia in development effort for carbon fiber composite hydrogen fuel tanks.

According to Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia: “Faurecia has the ambition to become a leading supplier of fuel cell technology. We believe in this new energy vehicle alternative which has increased autonomy and rapid refueling time. In addition, hydrogen can be produced locally using sustainable technology.”

Fuel cell technology is a long-term electric vehicle solution which reportedly offers increased autonomy (over 500 km) and quicker refueling time compared to battery electric vehicles. By 2035, Faurecia estimates that 5 million vehicles equipped with fuel cell technology could be in production. Carbon fiber composite is the ideal material for hydrogen tanks which must withstand high pressure (700 bars) whilst being as light as possible.

This acquisition complements the investment that Faurecia recently made in Ad-Venta, a specialist in pressure valves for efficient and safe hydrogen storage. Ad-Venta has developed a unique, reliable and compact valve which allows pressure management from 700 to 10 bars for delivery to the fuel cell.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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