Faurecia to develop composite fuel cell tanks for electric vehicles

Faurecia, with the support of Stelia Aerospace Composites, will design, industrialize and commercialize high pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fiber for fuel cell electric vehicles.

Faurecia (Nanterre, France) has acquired an exclusive access to the intellectual property and process know-how of composite hydrogen tanks from Stelia Aerospace Composites (Salaunes, France). Faurecia is now able to design, industrialize and commercialize high pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fiber composites for fuel cell electric vehicles.

“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,” stated Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia.

By 2035, Faurecia estimates that five million vehicles equipped with fuel cell technology could be in production. Carbon fiber is the ideal material for hydrogen tanks which have to withstand the high pressure (700 bars) while 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 developed a unique, reliable and compact valve that allows pressure management from 700 to 10 bars for delivery to the fuel cell.

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