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October 9, 2020

Faurecia inaugurates France hydrogen expertise centre

Faurecia has inaugurated its EUR25m (US$29m) global centre of expertise for hydrogen storage systems.

By Rhodri Morgan

Faurecia has inaugurated its EUR25m (US$29m) global centre of expertise for hydrogen storage systems.

Located in Bavans, France, the centre aims to develop lightweight and cost-competitive hydrogen storage systems to accelerate hydrogen mobility.

More than 60 engineers and technicians have the ability to:

  • Design hydrogen storage systems and produce prototypes tailored to customers’ specifications
  • Test hydrogen storage systems using equipment for hydraulic, gas, leak and burst tests
  • Develop new tank designs to increase their performance and in particular the volume of hydrogen stored per kilogramme
  • Develop new industrial processes to accelerate production with the prospect of 5m fuel cell vehicles being produced in 2030
  • Work on materials and smart tanks with embedded IoT sensors to both divide the cost of the systems by four by 2030 and increase their safety, durability and recyclability

“This unique site showcases our commitment to leading the field in zero-emission mobility based on hydrogen,” said Faurecia CEO, Patrick Koller.

“Through innovation, industrialisation and scaling, the cost of fuel cell systems will continue to drop dramatically and unlock the potential of this technology for commercial vehicles as well as high-horsepower engines. Hydrogen is a key enabler of the energy transition and will accelerate urgently needed sustainability objectives.”

Faurecia has already started to manufacture hydrogen storage systems for heavy duty trucks and light commercial vehicle fleets for several international OEMs. The Group currently has the ability to produce several thousands of hydrogen storage systems per year and aims to ramp up its production capacity.  

In addition to the hydrogen storage systems Faurecia manufactures, the Group has created Symbio, a joint venture with Michelin, dedicated to the development and production of fuel cell stacks.

Faurecia’s ambition is to become a leader in both fuel cell stacks and hydrogen storage systems in a market that will represent almost EUR20bn by 2030.

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