Mahle has put a new test centre for hydrogen applications into operation on a 1,400-square-metre site in Stuttgart, Germany.

The company has invested around EUR2m (US$2.4m) in the new facility, with further expansion planned.

The rigs will be used to test components for fuel cells and close to zero-emissions engines running on hydrogen to develop system solutions for the automotive industry.

Mahle has experience in the areas of air management, filtration, thermal management and power electronics. Around 100 employees are working on hydrogen-related projects at the technology group’s location in Stuttgart. Mahle has been a supplier for fuel cell vehicles for more than ten years. 

“Our new hydrogen test centre is an important step and another example of a successful transformation project by Mahle,” said VP Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering at Mahle, Martin Berger.

“After all, testing at this location was so far linked to combustion engines only.”

The test centre’s activities will focus on developing drive systems and components for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.  

As a member of the Hydrogen Council, Mahle campaigns at political level for the promotion of hydrogen technology. The Hydrogen Council is a global initiative consisting of leading energy, transport, and industrial companies and advocates hydrogen as an essential element towards decarbonisation of the global economy.