Clean Mobility: H2 storage, fuel cell and battery
Faurecia is partnering with Stelia Aerospace Composites to develop a lightweight and cost-effective storage tank for fuel cell electric vehicles in carbon fiber material. This collaboration draws on Stelia's 30+ years expertise in providing high-pressure hydrogen tanks for the aerospace industry as well as Faurecia's experience in composites for the automotive industry.
Investing in engineering specialist Ad-Venta, Faurecia has combined cutting edge expertise in high-pressure gas management and know-how in automotive system integration. The result is a compact valve that safely transforms 700 bars pressure to under 10 bars in one step.
Faurecia is also applying its systems integration experience to bring the storage, pressure management and fuel cell stack technologies into a full solution to improve efficiency, capacity and power generation for the vehicle. At IAA 2017, Faurecia announced an agreement to collaborate with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in a fuel cell stack technologies research and development program. This will bring more than two decades of CEA research and expertise in key components of the fuel cell stacks such as the bipolar plates (critical for fuel cell stack efficiency) together with Faurecia's expertise in fluid dynamics and catalysis.
By working with the partners who are expert in their field, Faurecia aims to develop, mass-produce and commercialize a high performance fuel cell stack that will meet auto industry expectations.