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HRC & Voith Develop Hydrogen High Pressure Vessels

Auto News - Published on Fri, 13 Sep 2019

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Voith Composites and HRC will jointly work on the next generation of hydrogen high pressure vessels for fuel cell electric vehicles. On August 22 2019. Hydrogen is a clean source of energy and is used for various processes in the industrial environment. Applications in fuel cell electric vehicles require large quantities of hydrogen to be stored at high pressures in appropriate vessels. In order to meet current market requirements, new vessel concepts, process sequences and material systems have to be developed.

Dr Timo Huber, Vice President R&D of the HRC Group said that "One of the greatest challenges of future vehicle concepts will be highpressure vessels, which will be installed in FCEV as hydrogen tanks and represent one of the biggest cost drivers. More cost-effective solutions will allow new, more competitive applications on the market for fuel cell electric vehicles. Reducing process costs in combination with new vessel concepts is of decisive importance, and this forms the basis of the partnership between HRC and Voith.”

Although the technology of fuel cell electric vehicles has already reached commercial market maturity and leading manufacturers offer particular models in series production, the technology is not yet significantly widespread on the market. FCEVs face a number of difficulties that need to be overcome in order to compete with conventional vehicles (combustion engines, hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, battery-powered electric cars).

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 13 Sep 2019
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