23 May 2017
23 May 2017
Faurecia reports it is now able to design, industrialise and commercialise high pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fibre composites for fuel cell electric vehicles, with support from STELIA Aerospace Composites.
The company says that it has acquired exclusive access to intellectual property and process know-how for composite hydrogen tanks from STELIA.
"Faurecia has the ambition to become a leading supplier of fuel cell technology," says Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia. "We believe in this new energy vehicle alternative which has increased autonomy and rapid refuelling time. In addition, hydrogen can be produced locally using sustainable technology."
Fuel cell technology is a long term electric vehicle solution which offers increased autonomy (over 500 km) and quicker refuelling time compared to battery electric vehicles. By 2035, Faurecia estimates that 5 million vehicles equipped with fuel cell technology could be in production. Carbon fibre composite is an ideal material for hydrogen tanks which have to withstand the 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.
Photo provided by Faurecia
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit nonwovens for use in surface finishing, imparting EMI shielding or fire protection, and other transport applications, at the JEC Conference on The Future of Composites in Transportation, taking place in Chicago, US, on 27-28 June.
Advanced Engineering 2018, the UK’s annual gathering of OEMs and engineering supply chain professionals, has opened registration for its 10th anniversary show. The first 50 people signing up will be offered a free Ultra High Capacity Power Bank for mobile phones and laptops, to be picked up at the show.
Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK.